Tag: Home Repairs and Improvements

The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer.

When Jean Harrow got a ticket in 2016 for unauthorized renovations to her Queens home, she thought it was a misunderstanding. Yes, she had put a powder room in her basement without realizing she needed a permit. But surely, she said, she wasn’t responsible for the washer and dryer a previous owner had installed downstairs […]

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The Enduring Appeal of Micro Living

Brent Heavener was 10 years old in 2008, when the real estate market crashed and a national passion for cheap, tiny houses went into overdrive. He was 16 when his father shared with him a picture of a renovated shipping container, which taught him that homes could be fashioned from unexpected objects. This inspired @tinyhouse, […]

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How to Get a $5,000 Amazon Credit: Buy a House Through Realogy

Over the past year, the decidedly analog business of buying and selling real estate has been upended by a flurry of new money and start-ups trying to usher in a world where homes are bought and sold online. Now, Amazon is creating a partnership that goes in the opposite direction by using its gigantic retail […]

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‘This Old House’ Turns 40

While filming a 40th anniversary special for “This Old House” recently, Bob Vila, the show’s original host, stopped to consider why, after all these years, people still can’t seem to get enough of home improvement shows. “This Old House,” which began chronicling home renovations in 1979, was one of the first such shows to air […]

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Rent Laws’ Impact: Tenant Paradise or Return of the ‘Bronx Is Burning’?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a neighborhood landlord named Stephanie Kirnon learned about the far-reaching changes to New York’s rent laws, she grew anxious: How would she afford the $29,000 in repairs to the leaky roof of the 26-unit apartment building she owns […]

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$95,000 to Fix Up a Studio Apartment, but It Was All a Scam, Officials Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a contractor was hired in 2012 to renovate nine rent-regulated apartments at a prewar, six-story building in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, the renovations were identical across all of the units — new hardwood floors, new countertops, […]

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