New York Rent Act Draws Conflicting Interpretations

Lawyers disagree on whether law extending regulation also expands tenant protections.

News Story (New York)

Josh Barbanel
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
July 16, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

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


Tenant lawyers said lawmakers aimed to write the court’s decision into the statute. “Our goal and the Assembly’s goal was to slow the rate of deregulating affordable apartments,” said Judith Goldiner, attorney-in-charge of the civil-reform unit at the Legal Aid Society. “Certainly this was part of that. It will be a very positive thing for tenants in New York.”

Lawyers also cited other provisions that on close review look favorable to tenants. One could make it all but impossible for landlords to evict some wealthy rent-regulated tenants, despite a luxury-decontrol law allowing for evictions of renters with incomes of more than $200,000 and rents above the deregulation threshold.