Tenants and landlords debate New York’s expiring rent laws at packed how to get rid of black ants in the house Assembly hearing – Curbed NY

The laws regulating new york’s roughly 1 million rent-stabilized units expire on june 15. In advance of that deadline, politicos and advocates who have long sought to bolster those how to get rid of black ants in the house rent laws rallied on thursday behind legislation to reform the how to get rid of black ants in the house state’s rent laws during the first in a series of how to get rid of black ants in the house hearings. Meanwhile, landlord groups attempted to pump the brakes on the more how to get rid of black ants in the house ambitious proposals, and assembly democrats expressed their intent to finally pass them.

City council speaker corey johnson, who drew applause from those in attendance, endorsed all planks of the proposed rent law package. “we need to remove any mechanism that drives landlords to how to get rid of black ants in the house want to deregulate units and destabilize and displace communities,” he said.

Democrats in the state legislature have for years wanted to how to get rid of black ants in the house strengthen rent regulations, but have been blocked by the previously republican-controlled senate. Now, with democrats firmly in control of both chambers and the how to get rid of black ants in the house governor’s partial blessing, they have a chance to enact what they see as how to get rid of black ants in the house tenant-friendly reforms.

Specifically, the assembly majority is considering nine bills that are part how to get rid of black ants in the house of a package that’s been branded as universal rent control by its advocates, chief among them the housing justice for all coalition. The most central bill is the emergency tenant protection act, which allows counties with a housing emergency—defined as a residential vacancy rate of 5 percent or how to get rid of black ants in the house below—to opt into rent stabilization. As proposed, the bills, S5040 and A7046, would allow municipalities in counties other than those of downstate how to get rid of black ants in the house suburbs and new york city to opt into rent stabilization how to get rid of black ants in the house when in a housing emergency.

Assembly member linda rosenthal and senate majority leader andrea stewart-cousins have proposed legislation to eliminate vacancy decontrol, a provision that allows landlords to permanently remove units from how to get rid of black ants in the house rent regulation once a tenant moves out and the nominal how to get rid of black ants in the house rent reaches roughly $2,700.

Additionally, state senator michael gianaris and assembly member brian barnwell have how to get rid of black ants in the house proposed bills to completely eliminate major capital improvements (MCI), which allow landlord to raise rents by a fraction of how to get rid of black ants in the house the cost of building upgrades, such as installing a new boiler. Assembly member diana richardson and senator brian kavanagh have proposed how to get rid of black ants in the house similar legislation to do away with individual apartment increases (IAI), which compensates landlords for upgrades to apartments via rent hikes.

Tenant advocates say this pair of provisions allows landlords to how to get rid of black ants in the house jack up rents without conducting the repairs, or by simply inflating the cost of them. The state entity tasked with overseeing these rent hikes, the department of homes and community renewal, mostly takes landlords’ word for it. (A recent investigation into president donald trump’s finances revealed how landlords take advantage of these provisions.)

The boldest of the reforms, spearheaded by freshman senator julia salazar, would make illegal evictions without “ good cause,” expanding rent regulations to include most unregulated rental units, and would not permit evictions if the rent on an how to get rid of black ants in the house apartment rises by more than 1.5 percent times the rate of inflation. The bill has been endorsed by 15 democrats from the how to get rid of black ants in the house state senate’s new york city delegation, though it was initially not included in the legislative package, as THE CITY reported.

Gov. Andrew cuomo is sympathetic to most of the rent proposals, including reforming major capital improvements and independent apartment increases to how to get rid of black ants in the house stop rent hikes from being permanent, but does not favor getting rid of them all together, nor has he publicly come out in favor of salazar’s good-cause eviction bill. And many tenant advocates have a deep seated distrust of how to get rid of black ants in the house cuomo’s commitment to pro-tenant legislation, viewing him as aligned with real estate interests.

“these reforms would restore the rent laws, allowing them to once again achieve their intended purpose of how to get rid of black ants in the house balancing power between tenant and landlord, insulating communities from rapid market changes, and ensuring that the market offered low- and moderate-income new yorkers options for safe and decent housing,” testified J.T. Falcone, a policy analyst at united neighborhood houses.

Tom waters, a housing policy analyst at community service society, said rent regulations and tenant protections should be regarded as how to get rid of black ants in the house state-wide matters, not solely a new york city one, because “there’s a housing crisis all over new york state.”

Beverly newsome, a tenant organizer at ebbets field apartments and member of how to get rid of black ants in the house brooklyn’s community board 9, said ending preferential rents—a situation in which the rent a tenant is paying how to get rid of black ants in the house is lower than the legally mandated amount, but can be jacked up by a landlord at any how to get rid of black ants in the house time—would be a way to prevent new yorkers from being how to get rid of black ants in the house displaced from their apartments and neighborhoods. “preferential leases make a community transient,” she said.

In addition, tenants spoke about their own experiences, telling landlord horror stories to make the case for enacting how to get rid of black ants in the house the proposed laws. “I want you to remember my face, I could be the next homeless person,” if rent laws are not strengthened, said roberto rodriguez, a tenant in williamsburg.

With more stringent rent laws looking more likely now than how to get rid of black ants in the house at any point in recent memory, landlord groups have, via advertisements and op-eds, argued that the legislature and governor should not swing the how to get rid of black ants in the house pendulum too far in favor of lowering rents for tenants, leaving small-time landlords without enough money to maintain their buildings. But the industry has also seemingly accepted that some pro-tenant reforms are on the way.

During the hearing, joseph strasburg, president of the pro-landlord group rent stabilization association, said repealing vacancy decontrol is a “done deal.” still, he pleaded with the assembly to not eliminate mcis and how to get rid of black ants in the house iais because, according to him, it would take away jobs from people of color who how to get rid of black ants in the house conduct repairs and leave landlords without enough money to keep how to get rid of black ants in the house buildings in good condition. “it’s time to let us be part of the solution,” he said.

Yet despite calls for caution from landlord advocates, several signs point to the legislature being poised to take how to get rid of black ants in the house advantage of the political winds shifting against the prevailing regulatory how to get rid of black ants in the house system, following a 2018 election that saw insurgent progressive success and how to get rid of black ants in the house ousting of more real estate-friendly politicians.

“this is about these nine bills and making sure that how to get rid of black ants in the house we pass all nine bills,” said assembly member walter mosley. “that’s what people voted for in november, that’s why they put certain members in the senate and how to get rid of black ants in the house that’s why they took certain members out.”

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