The New York Affordable Housing Management Association (NYAHMA) is a nonprofit association advocating quality communities and committed to fair housing. Our mission is to:
Provide quality technical and professional development education for agents, owners, staff and residents.
Interface actively with HUD and other regulatory agencies to address relevant topics/issues
Disseminate pertinent information to members on legal, legislative and regulatory issues.
Encourage members, as needed, to be proactive on critical issues.
We Promote Communities of Quality
Tentative Labor Agreement Averts Strike
The Realty Advisory Board has tentatively reached an agreement with SEIU Local 32BJ for a renewal of the residential building workers contract that is set to expire on April 20, 2014. The deal covers more than 30,000 residential building service employees, including doormen, porters, handymen and building superintendents, who work in more than 3,000 residential rentals, co-ops and condos. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the Board of Directors of the Realty Advisory Board and the membership of the Union, processes that will occur over the next few weeks.
The tentative agreement was reached an unprecedented nine days before it was set to expire on April 20. That is great news for owners and managers, not to mention all the New Yorkers who reside in our buildings.
Today’s announcement is the result of months of planning and several weeks of meetings between RAB and the Union. Our negotiating committee spent long hours working through extremely difficult issues. Though we have a very positive working relationship with the Union, we didn’t start on the same page. We believe the final result, after much back and forth, is a fair and equitable contract that reflects today’s economic realities while protecting the long-term health of our industry.
While the complete details of the agreement will be announced after ratification, the broad financial parameters of the tentative deal are:
An average wage increase of 2.71% each year over the four year contract, or approximately 11.3% total—bringing wages for a typical doormen or porter from $44,389 to $49,402 in 2018.
There is a 3.4% total average annual increase for wages plus benefits.
To help offset these costs, our negotiating committee was able to deliver a modified start rate for new employees and several other key measures to enhance employer flexibility.
CNYC Executive Director Mary Ann Rothman and FNYHC Executive Director Greg Carlson serve on the negotiating committee. We will provide any updates as they are announced.
Owner Self-Service - Section 8 Information at Your Fingertips
Sign up today for the New York City Housing Authority's (NYCHA) newly-improved Section 8 Landlord Extranet where owners can self-service their Section 8 portfolios. The Extranet por¬tal provides 24-hour access to information about Section 8 tenants, payments, and service requests.
Registering allows you to:
Sign up and manage your direct deposit;
View check register and payment history;
Submit lease renewal requests online;
Track status of service requests and Certification of Completed Repairs (NE-2 form);
View tenant profile information, including inspection results, lease information, and rent shares;
Receive inspection notices and print Certification of Completed Repairs (NE-2 form);
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is notifying the
public today that it will close its offices nationwide on Friday, May 24th
as a result of government-wide automatic spending cuts that took effect on
March 1, 2013. Absent any action to overcome these required reductions,
the Department anticipates the need to close and suspend operations for an
additional six days over the remainder of the current fiscal year.
Sustaining Our Investments (SOI) is the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's response to the changing multifamily housing market. This
initiative will help build internal capabilities and provide clarity to the
HUD staff on they will prioritize workloads in the multifamily asset
management responsibilities. New tools are being introduced to classify the
different risks to the HUD portfolio and identify where the most immediate
attention is needed.
Over the next eight weeks, project managers in the New York State Office
will be participating in four, one-half day learning forums and several one
hour follow-up sessions. Although they may not be able to respond to your
requests /calls the same day due to the training schedules, in the long run,
this will benefit you as property owners and agents. Project managers will
be able to focus on high priority properties and assist owners and agents in
addressing the risks and root causes of the problems. Addressing the
problems earlier rather than later will reduce delinquencies, defaults, and
claims on the insurance fund.
We look forward to continuing the partnership that we have had and
anticipate even better communication and responsiveness in the future.
Starting in July 2012 the City of New York will not be renewing any triennial number 6 permits when they are due for renew. The City would like those buildings to switch to natural gas. In an effort to encourage this switch, the City has accumulated a list of 500 buildings that, at very little cost or no cost to the utility, can hook up to natural gas.
Is your building on this list?
Over the past several years HUD's New York Multifamily Hub and NYAHMA have
been working together to improve conditions for Owners and Managers and the
New York HUD Office. NYAHMA gives insight to HUD of the concerns of Owners
and Managers. I think the partnership has been working. Lately, HUD has
issued many notifications and other important information. The HUD local
Office gets frustrated when their information is returned. HUD would like to
communicate this important information by email which is the way the world
works now. So in a sprit of cooperation NYAHMA is asking all its members and
non-members to update their Active Partners Performance System (APPS)
profile to include an email address. Unfortunately, this is the only
vehicle that HUD can work through to forward you important information. As
an Owner and/or Manager HUD would like you to be informed with any
information that HUD is sending out. This is especially true if there is a
transfer of ownership or change in management agent. Please let HUD work for
you more efficiently and review your APPS profile to make the necessary
updates. This should be a matter of routine.
Thanking you in advance
Gregory J Carlson
New York Affordable Housing Management Association NYAHMA