Language in Rushed Rent Regulations May Hold Tenant-Friendly Surprise

Tenant advocates disappointed by the rent laws deal reached by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature at the end of session suddenly have a spark of hope, weeks after the backroom negotiations came to an end.
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Gotham Gazette (NYC)
July 15, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Tenant advocates say the new language of the bill – which regulates about a million affordable apartments in New York City – mandates that landlords have rented an apartment under the $2,700 per month threshold before they can remove it from the rent control rolls. This is as opposed to being able to deregulate the unit once an allowable hike hits $2,700 per month even if the unit is between tenants. Advocates believe this will significantly extend the time under which apartments are rent controlled even if it does not stop their eventual expiration.

Judith Goldiner, an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, said that since 1997, the language in the statute has been, “for any housing accommodation which is or becomes vacant on or after the effective date of the [1997 law] and before the effective date of the [2011 law] with a legal regulated rent of $2,000 or more a month.”

The threshold was raised to $2,500 when the rent laws were renewed in 2011.