NYC-based boutique law firm Pardalis & Nohavicka brings the latest legal updates from the world of real estate to PropertyShark. Pardalis & Nohavicka handles an eclectic array of matters, representing individuals and business owners in civil litigation, criminal cases and business transactions, currently litigating and representing clients throughout the United States and around the world.

New York City is always looking for ways to increase income to maintain the transit system, parks and other government facilities, which are usually funded by increases in taxes.

In fact, in July 2019, the New York State Senate passed an increase in mansion taxes on purchases of real property worth more than $1 million. What was previously a standard 1% tax on any purchase greater than $1 million, has now become  an upward tax rate as the purchase price increases. According to Bloomberg, the recently revised mansion and transfer tax increases are projected to generate about $365 million annually.

But, it doesn’t end there. What were previously merely discussions to raise taxes on a purchase of a pied-a-terre are now being reconsidered – perhaps as an appeal to city officials to adopt the idea. A pied-a-terre is literally defined as “foot on the ground.” These properties are not primary residences and usually serve as a second home for those who live outside of New York City. They are often high-end condos purchased by foreign buyers or others who do business in NYC but live outside of the city.

The proposed pied-a-terre tax increase would impose an additional tax on purchasers who are buying a second home worth more than $5 million. While the new mansion tax accounts for this price range, as well, condo developers are now concerned about their potential revenue and sales – and whether this pied-a-terre tax will be imposed on top of the new mansion tax.

New York City real estate has always been a “safe” investment, whether developing a new luxury condominium or investing long term in a low-income building with potential “upside”. But, today, with the new mansion tax, transfer tax and rent stabilization laws, investors may not have anywhere to turn.


Taso Pardalis is a founding partner of the Law Offices of Pardalis and Nohavicka, a leading full- service NYC law firm with offices in Manhattan, Queens and WeWork. Taso may be a well-known attorney with many cases making headlines in major media outlets, but at heart, he is a true entrepreneur that believes in supporting the small business community. His areas of concentration are: Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Corporate, Business Law and Real Estate Law.

Real Estate and Corporate Transactions Attorney  Nataly Goldstein is a graduate of Cardozo School of Law, where she served as President of the Real Estate Law Association.  She is experienced in both residential and commercial real estate transactions, as well as representing large banks, such as Wells Fargo and Citibank.

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss

Eliza Theiss is a senior writer reporting real estate trends in the US. Her work has been cited by CBS News, Curbed, The Los Angeles Times, and Forbes among others. With an academic background in journalism, Eliza has been covering real estate since 2012. Before joining PropertyShark, Eliza was an associate editor at Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive. Eliza writes for both PropertyShark and CommercialEdge. Reach her at [email protected]