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J-51Feb 06, 2008


We put in a new elevator about a year ago and our managing agent was supposed to file a J51. He didn't and didn't seem to have any idea if we'd be eligible or not. Based on some web-reading, it looks like, for Manhattan, if the units are valued over $40k, the building would not be eligible. Is that correct? Has anyone succeeded, in Manhattan, in getting a J51 abatement? Does your managing agent handle it or do you need a special lawyer to file? Thanks for info or suggestions!

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j-51 - Gerry Jun 10, 2008


Did you ever get an answer to this? We're in Manhattan and also thinking of elevator repair.

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J51 program - BP Jun 11, 2008


Our coop in midtown Manhattan (60 apts) got a J51 abatement recently for just over $100K in tax benefits for our boiler, elevator and exterior capital improvement projects! The application fee for a J51 is $500 and our property manager handled the filing. The program is sponsored by the NYC Dept. of Housing and Preservation Development (HPD).

Go to www.nyc.gov and keyword in "J51" for more information. You can also call the HPD at 212-863-5517 for complete details on eligibility, how/when to apply, etc.

It's a tax benefit opportunity that you should definitely take advantage of.

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J51s - ABB Jun 12, 2008


Thanks. After the board did what research we could, our agent finally hired a specialist lawyer who is applying for it. Congrats on getting your abatement!

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Reply to ABB - BP Jun 12, 2008


Thanks, ABB. My only comment to you: I don't know why your prop agent hired a specialist lawyer to file a J51 abatement for you. Our agent handled it for us. Seems a waste of money in legal fees. We have a coop attorney but we didn't even have to use him on this.

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J51s - ABB Jun 13, 2008


One of the many reasons that I'd like us to look for a new agent who is more up to date on what's going on....what can I say? Too late on this J51, but I've saved your information about what to do for next time.

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Reply to ABB - BP Jun 13, 2008


ABB - I may be wrong but I think your agent can start J51 filing when construction on a cap improvement project begins but you have to file for it within 4 yrs after the job is completed. Just my opinion but if your agent doesn't know if your bldg is eligible for J51, there's probably a lot he should know about many other things but doesn't. Every good agent knows about the J51 program or at least how to find out about it.

My suggestion: get a new agent/mgmt company and don't put it off. You may be losing out in many ways with the one you've got.

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j-51 question - Carol Jun 12, 2008


What is the value of some of your apartments?

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Reply to Carol - BP Jun 12, 2008


The sale value of our apts are in the $450K to $500K range.

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