Loft Law

If you received a Loft Board application, you have a limited time to respond.

The Loft Law practice group has more than 30 years of experience representing owners before the Loft Board and will guide you through this process to reduce the risk of a wrongful coverage determination, fines and penalties. Do not wait to take action.

For more information about this practice area, email loftlaw@borahgoldstein.com or contact:

Our Firm offers a wide array of services to owners of buildings affected by the Loft Law. We have an active practice before the Loft Board where we defend against Loft Law coverage and tenant protection claims, represent IMD owners in non-primary residence, illegal subtenant, nuisance, leglization timetable extensions and rent regulation cases and negotiate sales of rights and fixtures.

We provide legal counsel to owners, developers and prospective purchasers interested in developing loft buildings. This includes expertise in risk mitigation, obtaining and amending Certificates of Occupancy, rent regulatory issues, zoning, construction law, litigation before the Loft Board, Supreme Courts and Civil Courts, negotiated settlements ("buy-outs") and financing issues. We also practice before related administrative agencies including the Department of Buildings (DoB), the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) and the Environmental Control Board (ECB).

Important updates in Loft Law:

June 22, 2017 - The 2017 Legislative Session ended without any amendments to the Loft Law. The June 15, 2017 deadline for filing new coverage applications was not extended. A new 2015-2016 window period was not created. The basement and incompatible use exclusions remain, as does the requirement that each unit contain a "lawful window." Additionally, tenant efforts to reopen the June 15, 2017 deadline for filing coverage applications were unsuccessful.

Although the Legislative threat has passed for the moment, the tenant advocacy groups will likely continue their efforts into the next session. In the interim, the Loft Board is about to release a proposed overhaul of its regulations. Owners of buildings that may be affected by the Loft Law are encouraged to expand their efforts to engage with lawmakers prior to the next legislative session in January 2018.

June 14, 2017 - David R. Brody and Jason M. Frosch, sent this URGENT MEMO to New York's Loft community regarding proposed changes to the Loft Law.

Some of the many buildings we have represented in proceedings before the Loft Board:

  • 83 Canal Street, Manhattan
  • 57 Jay Street, Brooklyn
  • 70 Commercial Street, Brooklyn
  • 239 Banker Street, Brooklyn
  • 401 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 22 Catherine Street, Manhattan
  • 28 Bond Street, Manhattan
  • 44 Water Street, Manhattan
  • 83 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
  • 79 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
  • 57 Thames Street, Brooklyn
  • 250 Moore Street, Brooklyn
  • 1099 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 135 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 151 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 475 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 114 Forrest Street, Brooklyn
  • 178 Walworth Street, Brooklyn
  • 307 Scholes Street, Brooklyn
  • 385 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
  • 210 Cook Street, Brooklyn
  • 28 Greene Street, Manhattan
  • 31 Washington Street, Brooklyn
  • 46-50 Greene Street, Manhattan
  • 64-68 Wooster Street, Manhattan
  • 109 Spring Street, Manhattan
  • 114 Franklin Street, Manhattan
  • 137 Duane Street,. Manhattan
  • 165 West 26th Street, Manhattan
  • 195 Front Street, Brooklyn
  • 265 West 37th Street, Manhattan
  • 315 Berry Street, Brooklyn
  • 358 Broadway, Manhattan
  • 395 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 425 Broome Street, Manhattan
  • 464 Greenwich Street, Manhattan
  • 480-486 Broadway, Manhattan
  • 812 Broadway, Manhattan
  • 873 Broadway, Manhattan

Prior Loft Law Status Memos:

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