Owners fined for non-essential renovations, Hamptons squatters twist eviction ban, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
May 20, 2020 - 10:30AM

Some short-terms tenants in the Hamptons appear to be taking advantage of New York's eviction ban and refusing to vacate their rentals (New York Post)

A survey of 100,000 apartments by the Community Housing Improvement Program found 25 percent haven't paid May rent  (The Real Deal) 

City building inspectors are staking out contractors who violate the ban on non-essential renovations—and slapping homeowners with $10,000 fines (New York Post)

The number of NYC apartments available for rent is inching up, according to a new StreetEasy report (press release) 

The city's poorest neighborhoods have higher numbers of coronavirus-related deaths than more affluent neighborhoods (Politico)

In Germantown, New York, the childhood estate of Eleanor Roosevelt, built in 1872, hit the market for $960,000 (press release) 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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