Tag: Rent Control and Stabilization

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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Only Washington Can Solve the Nation’s Housing Crisis

In recent months America’s affordable housing crisis, a long-simmering issue for people of low and moderate incomes, has burst onto the front page. Rents are rising much faster than income, while the median home price in some 200 cities is $1 million. After a decade of decline, the number of homeless Americans is ticking back […]

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In Berlin, Socialism Is Suddenly Hot Again

BERLIN — Is this city, the former capital of communist East Germany, returning to socialism, this time in both parts of the once divided city? From the tenor of the increasingly anxious debate around Berlin’s housing crisis, it certainly seems so: On June 14, activists handed the Berlin Senate a petition with 77,000 signatures calling […]

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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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12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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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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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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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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Rent Protections: What a Deal Means for New Yorkers

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Wednesday. Candidates for Queens district attorney are debating at 11 a.m. on WNYC. Weather: Mostly sunny with light wind and a high in the mid-70s. So, get outside today! Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditHans Pennink/Associated Press Just days before rent […]

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Landmark Deal Reached on Rent Protections for Tenants in N.Y.

Newly empowered Democratic leaders in Albany announced a landmark agreement on Tuesday to strengthen New York’s rent laws and tenant protections, seeking to address concern about housing costs that is helping drive the debate over inequality across the nation. The changes would abolish a rule that allows building owners to deregulate apartments, close a series […]

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Inside the Stealth Campaign for ‘Responsible Rent Reform’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — The campaign has all the hallmarks of a grass-roots effort: boisterous rallies, emotional testimonials and appeals to remember working-class New Yorkers, as lawmakers weigh a total rewrite of New York City’s rent laws. But the campaign’s organizers are […]

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Albany Can Make History for Tenants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo could make history soon by signing legislation to reverse a quarter-century-long erosion of rent protections that cover over 40 percent of New York City’s rental units. The package of bills, which have strong support in the State Senate and Assembly, would put the needs of tenants before the demands of the real […]

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How Can I Avoid a Rent Increase?

Q: I live in a market-rate apartment in Kensington, Brooklyn, with reasonable rent. My lease is up for renewal soon and I want to stay. But I haven’t heard anything from my landlord yet, and I’m worried the rent will go up a lot. What’s the best way to approach the property manager about a […]

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Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Rent Debate Escalates

ALBANY — The conflict over New York City’s rent laws turned raucous on Tuesday as hundreds of tenant activists flooded the State Capitol, leading to scuffles and dozens of arrests. For months, activists have cast a looming rewrite of New York’s rent laws as a once-in-a-generation battle. The state law that regulates almost one million […]

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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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Are New York Democrats Delivering on the Progressives’ Wish List?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — With only three weeks before the Legislature is to adjourn for the year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo emerged after the Memorial Day weekend with a 10-point agenda of things he wants to see accomplished by the end […]

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