Local Law 97 fines loom, background check your rental, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen | August 17, 2022 - 10:30AM


Building owners are under pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to comply with Local Law 97 before fines start in 2024 (The New York Times)

Moving soon? Here's how to do a background check on your next rental apartment like an investigative reporter (ProPublica) 

The median rent in the U.S. for a one-bedroom apartment increased by 39 percent from last year (Business Insider) 

A housing lottery launches for 26 apartments in Flatbush. Rents start at $2,100 for a one bedroom (New York YIMBY)

new development at 25-79 31st St. in Astoria leases all of its 23 apartments in less than a month (

What it's like living in Stone Ridge, New York, an Ulster County hamlet known for its old stone houses (The New York Times)

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. 

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