David B. Cabrera

Telephone:(212) 965-2544
Facsimile:(212) 965-2744


David B. Cabrera is a senior partner and heads the firm’s Administrative/Rent Regulatory Division. He has experience in all proceedings before the State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR), as well as matters before the Department of Housing, Preservation & Development, the Department of Buildings, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the Loft Board. Mr. Cabrera has over twenty-five years of real estate law experience, including eleven years with DHCR in various senior level positions. He was DHCR’s Deputy Commissioner for Housing Operations where he oversaw the State’s Section 8, Mitchell-Lama and Public Housing programs. He also served DHCR as General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs and Deputy Counsel and Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Rent Administration and specialized in rent stabilization and rent control matters. Prior to joining the DHCR, Mr. Cabrera was in private practice specializing in real estate litigation and transactions.

Practice Areas:


  • Vermont Law School, J.D., M.S.L. – 1991
  • University of Miami, B.A. – 1987

Bar Admissions:

  • New York – 1992
  • Connecticut – 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District – 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District – 1996

Bar Affiliations:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association

Notable Cases:

  • In re Lenox Hill Apartments Inc. vs. DHCR”. DHCR was directed to issue an order of deregulation where tenants changed their certified income.
  • “Migliaccio v. DHCR”, Mr. Cabrera’s winning case was digested in an edition of Landlord v. Tenant. The article was “DHCR Must Adjust Rent-Controlled Rent Not Increased Since 1961”
  • Ten Sheridan Associates LLC v. Lillian Cohen“. This case involved questions of rent calculation pursuant to a rent stabilized lease affected by the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties decision.


Client Updates and Presentation Highlights:


  • Mr. Cabrera, along with Mr. Joseph Condon, Esq. of Community Housing Improvement Program, presented on updates regarding the Altman Decision, November, 2016
  • Mr. Cabrera presented at a New York County Lawyer’s Association seminar titled “Compliance and Beyond: Current Legal, Regulatory, and Practical Issues for Multifamily Properties”, November 2016.
  • June 5, 2016 – Mr. Cabrera presented on DHCR & TPU Updates” at a Small Property Owners (SPONY) Seminar.
  • September 10th, Mr. Cabrera presented on ” High Rent Deregulation Under the Rent Act of 2015 at a seminar sponsored by CHIP.
  • September 9th, Mr. Cabrera was a presenter “Rent Act of 2015: Summary of Changes” at Borah Goldstein’s workshop held at the Multi Family Summit.
  • September 8, 2014 – David B. Cabrera was a speaker at the CHIP MCI seminar “Preventing Problems Before they Arise”. He presented on the topic of “Addressing Post-application Issues”.
  • January 29, 2014 – David B. Cabrera was a speaker at the New York Affordable Housing Management Association. David presented on the new Rent Stabilization Code Amendments.
  • December 11, 2013 – David B. Cabrera was a panelist in the Rent Stabilization Association seminar, “Managing Residential Housing: Effective Techniques to Sustain Rent Increases for Improvements.” David presented on “Major Capital Improvements: The New J-51 Regulations.”