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In the ongoing apartment hunting struggle that anyone who lives here inevitable has to engage in, there are a couple golden phrases that tenants are always on the lookout for. "Laundry in unit" is one such dream. Another? "Rent controlled" or "rent stabilized," both indications that the rent on the unit is regulated by the state, and limits how much a landlord can wantonly jack up the rent. Rent control happens if a tenant...
Two Brooklyn city council reps have teamed up to introduce a new bill aimed at reinforcing an existing law that requires landlords to fix "underlying conditions," or rampant mold and water damage. Antonio Reynoso who reps the 34th district (D-East Williamsburg and Bushwick) and Rafael Espinal of the 54th (D-East New York) have teamed up with Ritchie Torres (another Democrat from the Bronx) to push for the changes today at City Hall. As of now,...
Heat Seek NYC is the rare app that doesn't aim just to make people's lives' easier, but aims to make them better. Even rarer, it's gotten a boost from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The app, which was designed by a group of college students, uses temperature sensors to electronically monitor the indoor temperature of apartments in a given building, and catch out landlords who are (illegally) not heating their buildings to the (legally)...
Not that anyone needs more evidence that the real estate market in Brooklyn is insane—like, actually literally full of insane people—we heard today about a story that pretty much takes the cake in terms of featuring honest-to-goodness, real-life villains.  The New York Daily News reports that in an attempt "to cash in on the red-hot Brooklyn real estate market, two men were indicted for conspiring to torch a building and leave squatters who lived there as charred...