Rent Laws Not Extended
June 16th, 2011
The clock has just struck midnight and New York’s rent control laws have lapsed. The Senate voted down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s extension of New York’s rent laws by a vote of 43-14. The Assembly passed the legislation yesterday evening. Cuomo, tenant advocates and legislators have all said that a lapse in the laws will not cause major disruptions and that no one should panic.
Sen. Adriano Espaillat Tweeted this message: “We weren’t sent here to pass temporary extensions & kick our problems down the road. Let’s do our jobs. Let’s pass #StrongerRentLaws tonight”
The Senate stands adjourned until 11 a.m. today. Expect another exciting if not eventful day tomorrow. There is a lot left for legislators to get done.
Make the Road New York Issued this statement yesterday evening:
Statement from Gladys Puglla, Co-Chair of Make the Road New York’s Board of Directors:
On the Failure of the New York State Legislature to Renew and Strengthen Rent Laws
Today is a frightening day for millions of tenants throughout New York State. At midnight tonight, New York State’s rent laws are set to expire. These laws provide for stable rent increases, ensure important protections for tenants, and help maintain economically diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.
The expiration of the rent laws will mean that tenants lose important legal protections and our rents could go through the roof. This will hurt nearly three million New Yorkers who live in rent regulated units. Low-income families will be particularly hard hit. Families will face the very real possibility of losing their homes. We need the rent laws to be renewed right away.
But it’s not enough for the rent laws to be renewed. They should also be strengthened through the repeal of Vacancy Decontrol. Under Vacancy Decontrol, when an apartment’s rent reaches $2,000 and the current tenant moves out, that unit is no longer regulated. Under Vacancy Decontrol, 300,000 apartments have already been deregulated, and we will continue to lose tens of thousands of precious units of affordable housing each year. Vacancy Decontrol also encourages illegal rent increases and landlord harassment of long-term tenants in order to reach the $2,000 threshold.
Tenants should not panic. It is likely that rent regulation will be renewed. We must not let fear encourage us to support an inadequate, weakened version of rent regulation. However, this is a very serious issue for millions of New Yorkers. Rent laws should be renewed and strengthened right away.By David King on June 16, 2011, 12:06 am
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