Resources for Building Owners and Property Managers

This page takes you beyond the typical services of a real estate broker and supports you around the many different aspects of what you face when you acquire, finance, own, manage or sell investment real estate.

The companies and people featured are accomplished professionals who are experts in their field.

This page was first published 04/19/2021 and will be expanded ongoing. It was last updated 04/21/2021.
In the meantime, if something you need is missing, just give me a call or shoot me a text or email.
917-232-8529
bill@billweidner.com

Property Owner Advocate Organizations:

These organizations are on your side and have your back. I highly recommend that you subscribe to each of their email lists so that you receive the most up to date need to know housing information week in and week out. Each organization is unique in what they do and offer and compliment each other. One thing they have very much in common is how immersed in the legislative process they are. And right now that is where property owners must be most vigilant.
Bill Weidner of KeepMyGas is a member of all 3.  You could be too.

CHIP – Community Housing Improvement Program
https://chipnyc.org/
5 Hanover Square, Suite 1605
New York, NY 10004
212-838-7442
info@chipnyc.org
Subscribe to the Email Community at the bottom of the About Page
Become a member – email your request for an application to info@chipnyc.org

RSA – Rent Stabilization Association of NYC, Inc.
https://rsanyc.org/
123 William Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10038
212-214-9200
Subscribe to the Email Community at the bottom right of the Join RSA Page
Become a member – https://rsanyc.net/membership-application.html

SPONY – Small Property Owners of New York
https://spony.org
8802 Ridge Boulevard, Mgmt Office
Brooklyn, NY 11209
212-410-4600
Subscribe to the Email Community by submitting a request on the Contact Page.
Become a member – https://spony.org/join-spony/

Compliance:

The maze of compliance requirements in New York City is daunting and at times seemingly unnavigable. I could list all the places you could go to check what you need to do next and that would just make it more confusing.
Lucky for you there is SiteCompli.

SiteCompli, LLC
https://sitecompli.com/nyc/
22 West 19th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011
800-564-1152
support@sitecompli.com

Legal

The legal landscape for property owners around housing matters can be complicated, costly and time consuming. Knowing your rights and how to proceed is more important now than ever because of the change in the rent laws in 2019 and how the Covid pandemic has exacerbated that.
While the Property Owner Advocate Organizations listed above will often have the information you need; there will be times when legal counsel will be required.
These 2 firms have appeared on Bill’s podcast, Realty Speak and are the NYC go to Law Firms and attorneys for counsel, execution and litigation around transactional and landlord/tenant matters.

Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP
https://kuckermarino.com/
747 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212-869-5030

Realty Speak Episodes:
Episode 027 – Over Regulation of Property Rights – The Real Consequence
Episode 028 – COVID-19 Virtual Summit – For the Landlord and Real Estate Professional
Episode 034 – Eviction Moratorium – What Owners, Tenants and You Need to Know Right Now

Nativ Winiarsky, Partner
nwiniarsky@kuckermarino.com
https://kuckermarino.com/attorneys/nativ-winiarsky/

Jim Marino, Partner
jmarino@kuckermarino.com
https://kuckermarino.com/attorneys/james-marino/

Lisa Faham-Selzer, Partner
lselzer@kuckermarino.com
https://kuckermarino.com/attorneys/lisa-faham-Selzer/


Belkin, Burden, Goldman, LLP.

https://bbgllp.com/
270 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-867-4466

Realty Speak Episode:
Episode 017 – Rent in THE City – More Regulation? Yup!

Kara I. Schechter Rakowski, Partner
krakowski@bbgllp.com
https://bbgllp.com/attorney/kara-i-schechter-rakowski/

Accounting:

In April 2020 Brian appeared on Bill’s podcast, Realty Speak as part of a panel that answered questions regarding the 1st version of Federal Legislation to stimulate the economic pause that was caused by the Covid pandemic. The firms Real Estate Accounting and Advisory Services are comprehensive and complete and Brian will ensure that no matter where you are you proceed accordingly to maximize the bottom line of your real estate portfolio.

Withum
https://www.withum.com/industries/real-estate/
1411 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
732-828-1614

Realty Speak Episode:
Episode 028 – COVID-19 Virtual Summit – For the Landlord and Real Estate Professional

Brian Lovett, CPA, JD, Team Leader Tax Services
https://www.withum.com/our-people/brian-t-lovett/

Cost Reduction:

The net operating income (NOI) of any business is a crucial component of its value and ongoing operation. Of course there are are variations to how this is calculated depending on the business and acceptable accounting methods.
For real estate, in the most simple terms, it is rent revenue less building operating expenses. There can be dozens, even hundreds of line items in the expense column.
Tina Larsson and Mark Foley, partners in a financial advisory practice, applied their business acumen to manage the costs of the Cooperative Building where they reside and are board members.
Now, 7 years later, many other Cooperative/Condo boards and income producing property owners engage the Folson Group to examine and reduce many of the expense line items of the operating budget.  During this time in history revenue is either frozen or contracting. Now more than ever it is important to reduce expenses.
Tina and Mark appeared on Realty Speak in March 2018 and were episode #1.  Since then they have expanded the depth and breadth of their services to be even more impactful on your bottom line.

The Folson Group
https://www.thefolsongroup.com/
38 E 37th St
New York, NY 10016
917-648-8151
info@thefolsongroup.com

Realty Speak Episode:
Episode 001 – Shrink the Expenses

Tina Larsson & Mark Foley
https://www.thefolsongroup.com/about

Technology

Coming Soon!

Insurance:

Coming Soon!

Construction:

This section includes the headings of Supply, Construction Management, General Contractors and Trades. Whether building new or  improving/renovating/maintaining existing the process can be frustrating and most important is that whoever you engage they can be trusted to professional provide value and complete the task as promised. You can count on this list of individuals and companies to execute.

Supply
Jane Lok – Flamtech Appliances Inc.

Construction Management
Michael Nucatola – Nucatola Development LLC
Realty Speak Podcast Episodes  – Big Project Construction Perils – The Path to Success AND Ensure the Insurance – Hold Harmless, Endorsements, Exclusions – Oops!

Engineering, Architechture and Design:

BALA Consulting Engineers
1 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
212 857 9400
https://www.bala.com/
Al D’Elia, Director of Business Development
asd2@bala.com

Andrew Wilkinson Architects PLLC
265 Canal Street, Suite 507
New York, NY, 10013
212.254.5210
https://www.wilkinsonarchitects.com/
Andrew Wilkinson, Founder
andrew@wilkinsonarchitects.com

The Designers Group
170 53rd Street, Suite 327
Brooklyn, New York 11232
646-543-7515
https://www.thedesignersgroup.com/
Blima Ehrentreu, Founder & CEO
blima@thedesignersgroup.com

Energy

Coming Soon!

BE HEARD!! Find your Federal, NY State and NY City Legislators along with links to other important political websites.

The first step to change is awareness.

Who Represents Me? NYC is a a service of the Graduate Center, City University of New York by the Center for Urban Research in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.

https://www.mygovnyc.org/
Just enter your address and you’ll have 3 tabs where you can see your locational districts and the city, state and federal representatives associated with those districts.
City Council, Community Board, Borough Representatives, District Attorney, Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, State Assembly Member, State Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General, State Comptroller, Federal Congressional Representative, US Senators, President and Vice President of the United States.

Now that you know the incumbents it is important to be part of the campaign to replace those that are irresponsibly draining your resources as a property owner.
At the city level Election day in November 2021 will usher in a new mayor and the majority of the NY City Council. The best way to know what is going on, is to get on the email lists of the Property Owner Advocate Organizations mentioned at the top of the left column on this page. Read every email they send you and join the zoom meetings, act on the calls to action and read the articles. This will help you with your choices on election day.
AND do not forget to cast your VOTE in the Democratic Primary in June. (Note that you must be a registered Democrat by 02/16/2021 to vote in a Democratic Primary)

Click HERE for New York City Campaign Finance Board Candidate List 2021 Citywide Elections.
Click HERE for the replay of the NY1 Mayoral Forum – Democratic Mayoral Candidates.
Click HERE for the Inform NYC YouTube page with replays of interviews with some of the candidates.

Podcast

What is a podcast?
Podcasts are a modern version of radio. You tune in and listen to your favorite hosts who talk about the topics that interest you. The difference is you stream the show’s episodes on your mobile device or computer and listen to what you want, when you want wherever you are; hiking, skiing, driving, on the subway, flying to wherever, ETC.

How do you stream and listen to a podcast?
Many shows have websites and you can listen to the episodes on the website page from your browser. Many are also available on Spotify and other audio streaming services.
BUT the easiest way to find and listen to podcasts are with the podcast apps on your IOS or Android mobile device. Just go to the AppStore on IOS or GooglePlay on Android and search for podcast app. Download one and start finding and subscribing to podcasts. For IOS I like ApplePodcasts. For Android I like PodcastRepublic.
The below podcast shows are listed with a link to the podcast’s website episode page. They can also be accessed via the podcast apps and streaming services mentioned above.

Real Estate Podcasts:

Realty Speak
Host – Yours Truly, Bill Weidner
New York City investment real estate focused podcast that has a wealth of information and strategies for building owners and managers.
https://realtyspeak.nyc/episodes/

Urban Lab
Host – Dr. Sam Chandan, Dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute
New York University program on cities, real estate, and the urban and built environment, featuring leaders in industry, research, and policymaking.
https://www.samchandan.com/urbanlab


Current Events Podcasts:

10 Blocks
Host – Brian C. Anderson
City Journal editors, contributors, and special guests explore the issues of the day—from crime and policing to the campus free-speech crisis, from taxation and economic policy to infrastructure, from joblessness to education, and from urban policy to national affairs.
https://www.city-journal.org/10-blocks

The Daily
Host – Journalist Michael Barbaro
NY Times daily podcast that covers timely news worthy topics.
https://www.nytimes.com/column/the-daily

WSJ What’s News
Host – Multiple Journalists
Top stories and timely insights on business, the economy, markets, and politics.
https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/whats-news 

MORE TO COME!

Webinars

We have adopted a virtual culture as a result of the the pandemic. Webinars have therefore become ubiquitous and the preferred and popular way to present educational content. Now you can learn from experts in the comfort of your home.

As time goes on I will be sharing webinars on various topics important to you; investment property owners and managers. Let’s start with these 3 incredibly informative webinars that were hosted by The Plumbing Foundation of the City of NY and moderated by its Executive Director, April McIver in February 2021.
Local Law 152 – Periodic Inspections of Gas Piping Systems is complex. After watching these webinars you will come away with an understanding of not only Local Law 152 but Local Laws 150, 151, 153, 154, 157 and 159. Every plumber, building owner, property manager, registered design professional and real estate attorney should watch all 3.
Guests include representatives from NYC Buildings (DOB), ConEd, National Grid and The Northeast Gas Association.

How NYC Gas Laws Impact Building Owners & Managers
Seminar date: Feb 18, 2021
Click HERE to watch.

How NYC Gas Laws Impact Professional Engineers
Seminar date: Feb 17, 2021
Click HERE to watch.

How NYC Gas Laws Impact Licensed Plumbers
Seminar date: Feb 11, 2021
Click HERE to watch.

AND – don’t miss Bill’s solution based site around compliance with Local Law 152 – www.keepmygas.nyc

In addition to managing KeepMyGas; Bill Weidner hosts the Realty Speak podcast and provides a full range of real estate services to income producing property owners including selling, purchasing, financing and strategic planning.
Click HERE to visit Bill’s real estate site.

In addition to performing Local Law 152 Inspections and managing operations at KeepMyGas; Doug Weidner provides a full range of water and gas related plumbing services.
Click HERE to visit Doug’s plumbing site.