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DHCR Adopts New Rules: The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) adopted new regulations effective November 8, 2023. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-fCSnOMbAVOECT2Wc7YoHBz2Fx8s5ttU


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Publications, News & Events – 2022

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Changes to the 2019 Housing Stability Tenant Protection Act (“HSTPA”) Benefiting Cooperative Apartment Corporations, Eric M. Goidel (January 10, 2022)

Publications, News & Events – 2019

MEMO/Presentation The Rent Laws of 2019: The Rent Regulation, David B. Cabrera., (September 23, 2019)
David B. Cabrera presented on the new law and updates along with other speakers. This program was a  follow-up to the overview of The New Rent Laws of 2019 program held this July 2019.

  • Rent Stabilization and Rent Control:
    • Vacancy and Renewal Increases, Preferential Rents
    • Deregulation, Owner’s Personal Use
    • Leases with Not-For-Profits
  • Overcharges, MCIs and IAIs, Coop/Condo, Conversions

MEMO/Presentation Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act 2019,  Carlos Perez-Hall., (September 23, 2019)
Carlos Perez-hall presented on the new law and updates with  Councilman  Harvey Epstein on Monday, September 23rd to the civil court judges and housing court judges at their countywide seminar in the 2019.
MEMO/PUBLICATION: Fees on Fees, Author: Joseph I. Farca, Esq., (September 1, 2019)
Collecting the Legal Fees It Cost You to Collect Legal Fees
Does your New York commercial lease form expressly provide that the landlord may recover the legal fees it incurs to recover legal fees from its tenant? If not, then the landlord may be out of luck trying to recover such “fees on fees,” as they are known. But it wasn’t always this way. For the full article click here.
MEMO/Presentation Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act 2019,  Carlos Perez-Hall., (July 8, 2019)
Carlos Perez-hall presented on the new law and updates for about 20 judges and 25-30 practitioners/court attorneys on July 8, 2019.
MEMO/Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act 2019,  Carlos Perez-Hall., (June 2019) Memorandum regarding the legislation passed on June 14, 2019, entitled the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and the Statewide Housing Security and Tenant Protection Act (“Act”). For the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act 2019 Memo, click here.

For the link of our presentation on the 2019 law, click here.
MEMO/PUBLICATION: The New Rules Never Seem to Stop Coming, Author: Andrew I. Bart Esq., (May 21, 2019)
There are three more rules guaranteed to keep co-op and condo boards-and their property managers and attorneys. For the full article click here.

MEMO/Event: Stephen Shulman, Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Residential and Commercial Holdover/Non-Payment Proceeding division, exhibited at the REAL DEAL SHOWCASE New York. Partner Jeffrey SeidenDarren Marks, Craig A.KrausAnna Guiliano, and Sarah Fiona Phillips, participated. (May 15, 2019)


Eric M. Goidel, Senior Partner and head of the firm’s coop & condo division, exhibited at the Cooperator Expo New York. Partner Craig A.KrausMichael NerenbergAnna Guiliano, and Associate Brandon James and Andrew Bart participated. (April 11, 2019)

MEMO/PUBLICATION: VIDEO of Panel Discussion At The Loft Board Concerning Primary Residence (February 14, 2019).

On Feb 14 at the Loft Board landlord and tenant practitioners held a Panel Discussion about how primary residence issues should be considered by the Loft Board both for coverage and protected occupancy.
Senior Partner David R. Brody presented on behalf of the Landlords’ Loft Practitioners The link to the video 
The link to the minutes of Public Meeting.

Publications, News & Events – 2018

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Proprietary Leases: Make Sure Old Rules Don’t Tie Your Hands (January 2018), Habitat University

Author: Eric M. Goidel, Senior Partner

The section of the proprietary lease dealing with termination of the proprietary lease is one of the most important sections. It gives a board of directors the ability to evict and foreclose upon a shareholder who is not complying with the proprietary lease. Many proprietary leases were drafted 40 to 50 years ago. They have not necessarily kept pace with the times, with changes in laws, or with how the court system now deals with landlord-tenant issues. For the full article click here.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: What You Need to Know About the Tenant Harassment Laws (February 28, 2018), CHIP

Partner David Cabrera, was panelist in CHIP’s seminar on tenant harassment laws. David Cabrera discussed the changes to “tenant harassment” provisions of the law including stiffer penalties, the award of damages, apartment conditions, business practices, and more intense government oversight.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: What Every Attorney Should Know about the Loft Law (February 28, 2018), NYSBA

Partner David Brody spoke at the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) February 28 program titled, “ What Every Attorney Should Know about the Loft Law.” This program highlighted  Loft Law and related proceedings before the Loft Board and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Paul Gruber  Chairman of the Landlord and Tenant Committee organized the program.
MEMO/PUBLICATION: New York City to Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency Beginning 2020, Author: Brandon M. James, Esq., (February 21, 2018)
On January 8, 2018, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio approved Local Law 33 of 2018, the latest initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the energy efficiency of large and mid-sized buildings. For the full article click here.

Publications, News & Events – 2017

RANKINGS: Borah Goldstein Ranked New York City Top Real Estate Law Firm (October 2017), The Real Dea.

Borah Goldstein has been ranked by the Real Deal Magazine as one of NYC’s Top Real Estate Law Firms for 2017.

PUBLICATION: Borah Goldstein Senior Partner, Eric Goidel Authors Director Protector Memo (October 2017)

Changes to New York City Heat Law, senior partner Eric Goidel disseminated this Director Protector memo to Co-op & Condo managing agents, October 2, 2017.

RANKINGS: Partners Glenn Berezenskiy, Darren M. Marks and Craig M. Notte were selected for inclusion to New York Metro Super Lawyers 2017.

PUBLICATION: Expediting Recovery of Accelerated Rents From Commercial Lease Guarantor, by partner Joseph I. Farca, was published in the Outside Counsel section of New York Law Journal, September 19, 2017.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: Protect Interests When Leasing Mixed-Use Space, partner Craig Kraus’ recent presentation to New York County Lawyers Association featured in The Commercial Lease Law Insider, August 8, 2017.

PUBLICATION: Recent Decision Limits Liability of Condo Sponsor’s Principal by partner Joseph I. Farca was published in the Outside Counsel section of New York Law Journal, August 4, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: First Department Expands the Right to License Fees Under RPAPL §881, by partner Craig M. Notte was published in the Outside Counsel section of New York Law Journal, June 26, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: New York Real Estate Journal featured spotlights on associates Michael R. Nerenberg and Christopher D. Warren.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: The New York Real Estate Journal announced associate Christopher D. Warren joining firm, June 22, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: David R. Brody and Jason M. Frosch sent this URGENT MEMO to New York’s Loft community regarding proposed changes to the Loft Law, June 15, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Partner Eileen O’Toole’s recent presentation on rent regulation caselaw at a Civil Court Committed program was summarized in the New York Women’s Bar Association Newsletter, June 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: The Cooperator New York: Appointments & Transitions features Christopher D. Warren, May 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Q&A: Accessing Complaint Documents When a Co-op Is in Litigation , Eric Goidel, partner and head of firm’s Co-op and Condo practice addresses shareholders’ rights in this situation in The Cooperator New York”. May 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Loft Law Occasional Note: David Brody, Head of firm’s Loft Law practice recently sent this memo to New York’s community of Loft owners, May 24, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: NYREJ named senior partner Harriet Polinsky and partner Anna Guiliano as 2017 Women in Professional Services. May 2017)

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Queens Ledger announced associate Christopher D. Warren joining the firm, May 3, 2017.

MEMO/PUBLICATION: Borah Goldstein Client Alert Newsletter (pdf), sent April 27, 2017

Real Estate Weekly announced associate Christopher D. Warren joining the firm in its Who’s News section, April 21, 2017.

Director Protector Memo: ” Discrimination Based Upon Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Sleep Disorder” by Senior Partner Eric M. Goidel, April 17, 2017.

New York Real Estate Journal: Brian Graifman co-authored the article ” Landlords still at risk for hosts’ illegal Airbnb rentals“, March 7, 2017.

Mann Report: Counsel Brian Graifman co-authored the article Hosts Now Liable for Advertising Illegal Airbnb Rentals, But Landlords Still Within Enforcement Cross-Hairs, March 2017.

New York Housing Journal: ” A Victory For Airbnb: Why Owners Should Care” by Partner Jeffrey H. Seiden was published in the February 2017 edition.

Loft Law Occasional Note: LOFT BOARD FINES LANDLORDS FOR UNFILED BUYOUTS, by David R. Brody, January 23, 2017.

Habitat U: Board through a legal Lens. – Senior partner Eric M. Goidel Aging residents and preventitive measures for Coops and Condos (video), January, 2017.

Publications, News & Events – 2016






  • December 6, 2016 – The New York Association of Realty Management Expo, Senior Partner David Rosenbaum addressed how to avoid commercial lease pitfalls, Lester Figueroa gave advice for strategies for successfully prosecuting an L & T case, Eileen O’Toole spoke on DHCR updates.
  • November 11, 2016 – Partner David R. Cabrera, along with Mr. Joseph Condon, Esq. of Community Housing Improvement Program, presented internally on updates regarding the Altman Decision.
  • November 2, 2016 – Partners David R. Cabrera and Eileen O’Toole presented at a New York County Lawyer’s Association seminar titled “Compliance and Beyond: Current Legal, Regulatory, and Practical Issues for Multifamily Properties”.
  • September 29, 2016 – Borah Goldstein was proud to continue its support of the Puerto Rican Bar Association by sponsoring the 2016 Anniversary Scholarship Fund Gala Banquet.
  • September 29, 2016 – The firm exhibited at the NYC Real Estate Expo in midtown. Partners David Cabrera, Jeffrey Seiden and Christian Hylton also presented on industry updates to an audience of landlords, property managers and owners, in a private workshop.
  • September 9, 2016 – The firm welcomed Virginia Trunkes, Partner and Counsel Patricia Feldman, of Counsel.
  • August 8, 2016 – The firm sponsored the lunch session at the Real Deal Golf Outing. Partner Darren Marks hosted a foursome.
  • July 19, 2016 – “Dealing with Illegal Short-Term Rentals: What New York City Property Managers Need to Know”, partners Todd I. Nahins and Craig M. Notte presented on issues related to Airbnb and illegal hoteling at a luncheon event hosted by Apartment Law Insider. See highlights: Short-Term Rental Laws in NYC: In Brief; Lease Riders: Forbidding Short-Term Rentals; To catch an Illegal Subletter; Practical Tips: Stay on Top of Illegal Short-Term Rental
  • June 8, 2016 – Partner David B. Cabrera presented on DHCR updates to Small Property Owners Association.
  • June 2, 2016 – Borah Goldstein participated in the Supportive Housing Network Conference on Thursday. Partners Carlos Perez-Hall, Jeffrey Seiden are pictured at the firm’s exhibit.
  • June 1, 2016 – Team Borah Goldstein completed the J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Race in Central Park.
  • April 13, 2016 – Eric Goidel, senior partner and head of the firm’s coop & condo division, exhibited at The Cooperator Expo New York. Senior associate Michael Nerenberg addressed questions in an “Ask The Attorney” Q&A session.
  • February 17, 2016 – Partner Lester Figueroa was invited to participate in a discussion on Police-Community Relations and trust building programs being implemented, at NYPD Headquarters.
  • February 11, 2016 – Associate Evan Nahins moderated a panel at the New York City Lawyer’s Association entitled “Should I Host that Traveler? Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding AirBnB”. Senior Partner Todd Nahins was a panelist.
  • November 16, 2015 – Several Firm partners attended the 20th Annual Real Estate Council.


  • November 16, 2015 -Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which honored Adam Rose and Amy Rose of Rose Associates.
  • November 10, 2015 – Senior Partner Harriet Polinsky participated on the panel “Women at the Tops of Industries” , at the NY Real Estate Expo.
  • October 29, 2015 – Partner Jeffrey H. Seiden presented on Landlord-Tenant issues at The NYARM Expo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zy6F0bgy2Q&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
  • October 20, 2015 – Partners Todd I. Nahins and Craig M. Notte presented on legal developments regarding AirBnB and short term rentals at Berdon, LLP. The event was co-sponsored by Signature Bank and ClickPay.
  • September 10, 2015 – Partner David Cabrera presented “Rent Act 2015: A Summary of Changes” at the Multi Family Summit and “High Rent Deregulation Under the Rent Act of 2015” at a CHIP seminar.
  • September 9, 2015 – The firm hosted a Landlord-Tennant workshop at the 7th Annual Multi Family Summit on Sept. 9th. Senior Partner Stephen Shulman moderated the panel. He joined by partner Jeffrey Seiden who presented on AIrbnb issues in NYC and David Cabrera, who addressed DHCR.
  • August 11, 2015 – The firm was a sponsor at the Real Deal Golf Outing in Baiting Hollow, LI. Partner Darren Marks hosted a foursome.
  • August 9, 2015 – Borah Goldstein was pleased to help support The Lung Cancer Research Foundation as a sponsor at the The Strides for Life Walk on South Hampton, LI.
  • June 25, 2015 – Managing Partner Robert Goldstein was co-chair of the NYCLA Civil Practice Section Annual Dinner.
  • July 13, 2015 – Partner Darren Marks presented a CLE class to the Civil Court of The City of New York – Association of Arbitrators, Inc. See the slides here.
  • June 3, 2015 – The firm participated in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park. Pictured is Team Borah Goldstein.
  • May 13, 2015 – Borah Goldstein was proud to sponsor the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Annual Scholarship Fund and celebrate the honorees and scholarship recipients at The PRBA Annual Gala. Pictured left to right are firm partners David Rosenbaum, Managing Partner Robert Goldstein, Carlos Perez Hall (President of the PRBA), Todd Nahins, David Cabrera and Stephen Shulman.
  • May 6, 2015 – Senior Partner David R. Rosenbaum will present on Litigating Yellowstone Actions at the New York State Bar Association’s RPLS Landlord and Tenant Committee. The event will take place on May 6th at 6pm and 2 CLE credits will be awarded.
  • April 21, 2015 – Eric Goidel represented Borah Goldstein and its subsidiary Director Protector at our exhibit at The Cooperator’s Co-op, Condo & Apartment Expo.
  • April 17, 2015 – The firm participated in the New York County Lawyers Association Law Day Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street. Brian D. Graifman, of our Supreme Court Litigation Division, is Co-Chair of the NYCLA Committee on the state Supreme Court, and was the Luncheon’s Co-Chair.
  • April 3, 2015 – The firm is pleased to welcome Glenn Berezanskiy, who will practice in our Supreme Court Litigation division.
  • April 1, 2015 – Partner Paul N. Gruber was selected to be the new Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Real Property Law Section Committee on Landlord & Tenant proceedings.
  • March 9, 2015 – Senior Partner Eric M. Goidel spoke on the topic of Ethical Considerations Regarding Cooperatives/Condominiums at the New York City Bar CLE Program on Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate.
  • March 19, 2015 – The firm was proud to support The LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York, as sponsors of LeGaL’s 2015 Annual Dinner and Community Vision Awards.
  • February 27, 2015 – The firm is pleased to announce that Anna Guiliano has been promoted to Partner in the Firm’s Supreme Court Litigation Division.
  • February 25, 2015 – Borah Goldstein Partners participated in The Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum.
  • January 29, 2015 – Senior Parter Todd I. Nahins presented at Real Property Law Section Landlord and Tenant Proceedings CLE Committee Meeting for the NYSBA Annual Meeting.
  • January 15, 2015 – Attorneys from Borah Goldstein participated in REBNY’s 119th Annual Banquet


  • November 12, 2014 – Managing Partner Robert D. Goldstein was selected to Moderate the Landlord/Tenant panel at the Massey Knakal Multifamily Operations Academy.
  • September 29-30th, 2014 – The Firm was a sponsor of the “The 4th Annual Real Estate General Counsels Forum” . Partner Eileen O’Toole was a panelist and spoke on the topic “Anticipating Obligations in Purchases & Sales”.
  • September 19, 2014 – Firm Partner Craig M. Notte was elected to the Advisory Council of The New York Landmarks Conservancy.
  • September 18, 2014 – Partner Paul N. Gruber spoke at The New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section-Landlord and Tenant Proceedings and Committee. Mr. Gruber presented on the topic “Recent Developments in Landlord and Tenant Law; Cases and Statutory Commentary”.
  • September 17, 2014 – Partner Christian B. Hylton, head of firm’s Zoning & Land Use Practice was a presenter at the NYARM event. The topic was Landmark District Designations.
  • September 7, 2014 -The firm welcomes Samuel P. Sroka as an Associate in our Tax Certiori Division.
  • September 9. 2014 – Partner David B. Cabrera, co-head of firm’s DHCR area, was a speaker at the CHIPS MCI seminar “Preventing Problems before they Arise”. He presented on the topic of “Addressing Post-application Issues”.
  • August 20, 2014 – The firm is proud to announce its founding of a community based Pro Bono clinic. Partner Darren R. Marks has organized the program in conjunction with Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless (S.A.F.H.).
  • August 19, 201 4 – Partner J. Lester Figueroa recently served as event Host, as high profile leaders from academia, media, the arts and business world. gathered for The Global Leadership Summit. “WHEN A LEADER GETS BETTER, EVERYONE WINS.” http://lnkd.in/dfyY7Pv
  • August 14, 2014 – The firm welcomes Kathleen Kelliher as assistant in our Supreme Court Litigation Division .
  • August 4, 2014 – The firm was a sponsor at The Real Deal’s 4th Annual Golf Outing . Partner Darren Marks hosted clients. (see photo, right
  • June 2014 – Congratulations to Carlos Perez-Hall, a partner in the Firm’s Landlord/Tenant division, on his recent installation as President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Meet the Affinity Bar Group Presidents.
  • June, 2014 – The firm is pleased to welcome Christian B. Hylton as Partner and head of the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice. Mr. Hylton was a Legislative Attorney and Director and Legal Counsel to the New York City Council, including General Counsel to its Zoning and Land Use Committee.
  • June, 2014 – The firm welcomes Brian Graifman as Counsel. Mr Graifman joins the Supreme Court Litigation Division, handling all actions and matters in law and equity affecting real property and landlord/tenant disputes.


  • Wednesday June 4 and Thursday June 5, 2014 – Our company participated in the 2014 Chase Corporate Challenge (see photo, right).
  • April 24, 201 4 – Stephen C. Schulman was a speaker at the NYARM seminar ” Warranty of Habitability Related to Gas Shutdowns” (YouTube clip)
  • Wednesday, 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.


  • Wednesday, 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.”
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – Craig A. Kraus participated in a benefit for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Craig donated time and services as part of an auction.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Darren R. Marks participated in a panel for the New York County Lawyers’ Association. The program, ” So You’re Interested in a Career in Politics: Opportunities and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers”, provided CLE credits for attorneys.
  • Friday, October 4, 2013 – Lester J. Figueroa was invited to be the keynote speaker and a panelist for the Hispanic Month Celebration of the NYC Administration for Child Services (ACS), in Staten Island at the field office.
  • Friday, September 20, 2013 – Todd I. Nahins participated as a Co-Chair at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, Jack Newton Lerner Landlord-Tenant Practice Institute