Tag: Landlords

What if You Could Rent an Apartment Without a Security Deposit?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Nothing is certain in the grueling hunt for a New York City apartment, except perhaps the inevitability of shelling out thousands of dollars upfront in broker fees, one month’s rent and a security deposit. In 2016, New York City […]

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China Plays ‘Fight the Landlord’ to Tame Hong Kong

“Fight the Landlord” is one of the most popular card games in China. The name comes from the 1950s, when the Chinese Communist Party confiscated property from landowners, often violently, in the name of the masses. As many as two million people were killed. China’s state-controlled media is playing a new game of “Fight the […]

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Threat to Report Tenant to ICE May Cost Landlord $17,000

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For most of the seven years that Holly Ondaan lived in her Queens apartment building, she rarely clashed with her landlord. That changed when she started having money troubles and stopped paying rent. The landlord, Diana Lysius, then took […]

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Does Your Real Estate Broker Owe You a Refund?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When Jo Ellen Pellman and her roommate searched for an apartment in New York City this summer, the two women dug deep into their pockets: They paid brokers a total of $1,200 in nonrefundable application fees, or $400 for […]

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Should People Profit From Housing? Bernie Sanders Says Yes, and No

ImageBernie Sanders greeting supporters after a campaign event in Reno, Nev., this month.CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Times Bernie Sanders has gone much further than any of the other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in proposing not just more money for affordable housing, or more enforcement of fair-housing laws, but also fundamental changes in how […]

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California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis

California lawmakers enacted a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state with […]

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California Rent Control Bill Advances, Fueled by Housing Crisis

California’s escalating housing costs have yielded epic commutes and a rising tide of homelessness. Now they are close to producing a political milestone: a vast expansion of tenant-protection laws that would cap rents statewide. On Tuesday, the State Senate voted to advance a bill to limit rent increases to 5 percent a year plus a […]

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Trump Wants to Give Landlords Even More Power Over People With Criminal Records

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Landlords have a lot of power. They can, for example, deny renters’ applications for housing for a slew of reasons, including having a criminal history. Now, the Trump administration wants to take away one of the only tools available to people with […]

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Next Arena for Criminal Justice Reform: A Roof Over Their Heads

NEW ORLEANS — When Thad Tatum was released from a Louisiana prison after serving 28 years for armed robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer, he found his trials were far from over. Mr. Tatum, who has used a wheelchair since he was stabbed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has had to prove […]

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$500 to Apply for an Apartment? So Much for the $20 Cap

Within a few days of beginning her apartment hunt this summer, Natalie Miscolta-Cameron got lucky: She found a one-bedroom walk-up she could afford on East 96th Street in Manhattan. But she was surprised when the landlord’s broker asked her to pay a $100 application fee, followed by a $400 “processing fee,” even though such upfront […]

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Housing Crisis Grips Ireland a Decade After Property Bubble Burst

DUBLIN — For generations, the Irish took for granted that affordable, plentiful housing was the bedrock of their economic security and government policy. Not long ago, Ireland had one of the world’s highest rates of homeownership. The last several years have torn up those assumptions, leaving the country in the grip of a worsening housing […]

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Landlords Strike Back, Suing to Dismantle Rent-Regulation System

Two real estate trade groups and seven landlords filed a federal lawsuit on Monday night aimed not just at opposing the new rent laws in New York City, but also at challenging the entire rent-regulation system, which dictates the rents of about 2.4 million tenants who live in nearly 1 million rent-stabilized apartments. They are […]

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Live in a Regulated Apartment? New York City Just Decided Your Rent

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It is a decades-old tradition: A nine-member city board meets once a year in a packed auditorium in Lower Manhattan before a raucous crowd of hundreds of tenants and landlords. Tensions flare. Protesters are sometimes arrested. And the board’s […]

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How New Rent Laws in N.Y. Help All Tenants

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The bulk of the landmark changes to New York’s rent laws last week was aimed at strengthening protections for the 2.4 million people who live in New York City’s rent-regulated apartments, or almost half of the city’s tenants. But […]

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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere. States Are Cracking Down.

A 26-year-old Starbucks barista in the suburbs of Tampa known as Vayne Myers has suffered from anxiety ever since he was a child. A co-worker suggested he try an emotional support animal. So Mr. Myers bought a duck and named it Primadonna. The snow-white bird has worked wonders for his state of mind. “Whenever I […]

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Landlords Oppose Trump Plan to Evict Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Landlords and local officials across the country say a White House proposal to eject undocumented immigrants from subsidized housing would displace some of their most reliable tenants and add major financial strains to an already cash-strapped system. Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, prodded by hard-liners like Stephen Miller, President […]

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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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New Rent Laws Pass in N.Y.: ‘The Pendulum Is Swinging’ Against Landlords

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Friday passed a sweeping package of rent laws designed to dramatically enhance tenant protections and reshape the state’s housing landscape, after a monthslong battle that galvanized tenant activists and dealt a blow to […]

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How Titans of N.Y. Real Estate Were Trounced in Historic Rent Law Deal

Less than a day after newly emboldened Democratic lawmakers announced bills that would significantly tighten tenant protections, prominent real estate developers got Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on the phone to make a last-ditch plea to persuade him to block the measures. The developers, including Douglas Durst, Richard LeFrak and William C. Rudin, are involved with […]

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Rent Regulations in New York: How They’ll Affect Tenants and Landlords

Democratic lawmakers in New York harnessed their new powers on Tuesday to broker sweeping changes to rent laws in order to protect tenants in a state with some of the country’s most expensive housing markets. The regulations that lawmakers agreed upon would stretch beyond New York City to the entire state, allowing other municipalities to […]

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