News Story (New York)
Sadef Ali Kully
May 3, 2019
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)
Two of the nine bills advocates are seeking target landlords’ ability to raise rents to recover the cost of supposed building-wide renovations, called through major capital improvements (MCI), while another bill would similarly reform individual apartment improvements (IAI) . Both bills would not allow landlords to raise rents in order to regain the funds from making renovations.
Another bill calls for new regulations for buildings with six or fewer units, known as “good cause” eviction legislation. “Good cause” is a legal term that does not allow an action without substantial grounds or reason to take place. For example, if a landlord raises the rent a significant amount and the tenant cannot pay the new rent, the landlord would have to prove the increase was a necessity.