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In a case addressing what consulting fees (in particular attorneys’ fees) can be charged to an applicant before a Zoning Board of Appeals, the Second Department in Landstein v. Town of LaGrange (– N.Y.S.3d –, 2018 WL 4905436, at 1 (Oct. 10, 2018)) found that the Town had overreached its statutory authority. Petitioner, an amateur radio operator, received an FCC license to operate a ham radio station at his single-family home. He sought a special use permit to allow him to construct a 100-foot ham radio antenna structure (that would be 18 inches by 18 inches wide). As the Town limited the height of “towers” to 35-feet, Petitioner also sought an area variance for the height of his proposed antenna.
By Jeffrey Turkel
Ever since 2009, it has been an article of faith that a building’s receipt of J-51 benefits means that all of the apartments therein automatically become rent-stabilized. If those apartments were already rent-stabilized, they become stabilized a second time. The second layer of rent stabilization has the effect of barring luxury deregulation, at least until J–51 benefits expire. In West Village Houses Renters Union v WVH Hous. Dev. Fund, Justice Barbara Jaffe held that the tenants of 32 unsold cooperative units at the West Village Houses complex were not rent-stabilized, even though their buildings had received J-51 benefits.
Town Cannot Hold Back Building Permits as Financial Security
Parkland Alienation Doctrine Does Not Preclude Dock on Open Space Easement
Landowner Failed to Exhaust Administrative Remedies
No Duty to Maintain Bulkhead
Self-Conveyance Did Not Sever Joint Tenancy
Promissory Estoppel Not Available to Avoid Statute of Frauds
Presumption of Hostility Sustains Prescriptive Easement Claim
Loft Tenant Subject to Rent Stabilization
Video Surveillance a Substitute for Part-Time Lobby Attendants