Rent Regulation

Testimony and a new report highlight how rent-regulated apartments are disappearing thanks to creative combining of units. The state is weighing rule changes that aim to end the practice.
The number of empty regulated apartments nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021, a state memo obtained by THE CITY shows.
Highlights from the 2021 Housing and Vacancy Survey, a key study of the city’s housing stock and its affordability.
The Rent Guidelines Board will hold two public hearings in June before a final vote on rent regulated lease renewals. Here’s how to testify.
The new figures are a guide for the nine-member Rent Guidelines Board before they make a preliminary recommendation in May, then a final vote on rent guidelines in June.
Shopkeepers say the COVID recession proved the precarious position of small business owners. Landlords, staggered by empty storefronts, say they can’t afford restrictions. Now, a last-ditch rent regulation bid is headed to the City Council.
The Rent Guidelines Board is expected to decide soon on an increase ranging from 0% to 2% for one-year leases. Residents are seeking a second rent freeze while building owners are calling for a thaw with rent relief aid for all finally on the way.
Tenants are fighting to get their homes rebuilt, putting them at odds with condominium owners who say they cannot afford to restore the devastated structure across from Sunset Park.
Rent regulation is underpinned by a rule that says more than 5% of New York City apartments can’t be vacant. With tenants fleeing during the virus crisis, that figure could be within reach.
The city’s “in flux,” says a Brooklyn mover who’s doing big storage business. Experts say some New Yorkers’ should-I-stay-or-should-I-go dilemmas signal more uncertainty ahead.
Apartment hunters have reason to rejoice over a new state finding eliminating fees for prospective tenants. Have questions? We have some answers…
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Tenants in a big Financial District apartment building are pushing for rent-stabilized leases they say are owed in exchange for a tax break.
Lawyers for Clipper Equity have asked the high court to review a June ruling by the NYS Court of Appeals, which found tenants were due rebates.
New rent law could mean bigger payouts for those who seek a second opinion on landlords’ claims about the cost of apartment renovations.
Tenants already wait two years just to get a case assigned for investigation at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
Two Assembly members plan to introduce legislation to allow thousands in penalties for not following a $20 application cap and other reforms.
Real estate group tells members that law’s limits on charges for apartment applications applies only to landlords. Tenants and lawmakers cry foul.
Pendulum swings toward tenants as Democrat-dominated Legislature declares it’s “reached an agreement.” But tricky details still need resolving.
How landlords raise rents on regulated apartments beyond annual Rent Guidelines Board hikes — but not if tenant advocates get their way in Albany.
The Assembly’s tenant-friendly gambit puts pressure on the newly Democratic Senate to up the ante. But sweeping change is far from a sure thing.