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How safe is your fire escape, ways to get around the 40x rent rule, & more

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How safe is your external fire escape? A building code change in 1968 halted their construction, meaning all the existing ones are at least half a century old (Curbed)

Can a person with a past felony conviction legally run for president of a condo board? (The New York Times)

Key for New York renters: Five ways to get around the rule that you need to earn 40 times the monthly rent in order to qualify for an apartment (Apartment Therapy)

Pretty shocking: Owners with more valuable homes in Park Slope would be the biggest losers in a property tax change that could result in owners paying a whopping $11,000 more (New York Post)

Boerum Hill councilman delays the vote on the rezoning for the controversial 80 Flatbush development to Thursday, the last possible day it can occur before the Department of City Planning issues its own recommendation (Brooklyn Paper)

The right lighting can lift your spirits and make you more relaxed and productive. Here are guidelines for doing it well (The New York Times)