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Can the Pandemic Give Commercial Rent Control a New Lease on Life?

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.

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Battle Over Rent Hikes Turns to Who’s Suffered More: Tenants or Landlords?

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.

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Their Brooklyn Building Burned Last Year. Who’s Responsible for Making it Whole Again?

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.

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Lawmakers Aim to Stop COVID-19 Apartment Vacancies From Upending Rent Regulation

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.

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New York’s Rents Drop as Vacancies Increase. Could Rent Regulation be Next Thing to Fall?

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.

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Unemployed New Yorkers Cling to Fragile Pandemic Safety Net

Help — including unemployment insurance benefits — has ramped up across New York. But summer bodes more challenges as many grapple daily with once unimaginable choices, especially as $600 weekly supplement and eviction moratorium go away this summer.

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Renters Don’t Have to Pay Brokers’ Fees Anymore. Here’s What You Need to Know

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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New Yorkers Shared News Tips With Us. Here’s How We Responded

Listening to our readers is a big part of what THE CITY does. Here are some stories that came through the tip line in 2019.

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Wall Street Rent Fight Spurs New Class-Action Suit as Landlord Seeks SCOTUS Help

Tenants in a big Financial District apartment building are pushing for rent-stabilized leases they say are owed in exchange for a tax break.

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Landlord Looks to Supreme Court in Downtown Rent Overcharge Fight

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.

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Tenants Hire Contractors to Help Back Rent Overcharge Claims

New rent law could mean bigger payouts for those who seek a second opinion on landlords’ claims about the cost of apartment renovations.

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New Rent Law Deluges Backlogged Tenant Overcharge Claims

Tenants already wait two years just to get a case assigned for investigation at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

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Pols Draft Proposal to Fine Brokers, Landlords Who Flout New Rent Laws

Two Assembly members plan to introduce legislation to allow thousands in penalties for not following a $20 application cap and other reforms.

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Real Estate Brokers Blow Beyond New $20 Tenant Fee Cap

Real estate group tells members that law’s limits on charges for apartment applications applies only to landlords. Tenants and lawmakers cry foul.

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Rent-Law Revamp Nears Finish Line in Albany

Pendulum swings toward tenants as Democrat-dominated Legislature declares it’s "reached an agreement." But tricky details still need resolving.

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What’s at Stake in New York’s Rent Wars

How landlords raise rents on regulated apartments beyond annual Rent Guidelines Board hikes — but not if tenant advocates get their way in Albany.

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Eyeing D.C. Job, de Blasio Avoids Albany as Rent Reform Fight Looms

The mayor, who declared his presidential candidacy last week, already has spent far more days out of state this year than he has in the state capital.

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Landlords’ New Gambit: Teaming with Tenant Advocates on Rent Subsidies Push

The real estate lobby backs new housing aid for the poor — seeking a bargaining chip as a firmly Democratic legislature tackles rent-law reforms.

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Landlords’ Ad Blitz Targets Tough Crowd: Tenants Rallying for Rent Law Reform

As the newly Democratic-controlled state Legislature mobilizes to overhaul rent laws, the real estate industry is responding by spending big.

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Far-Reaching Rent Reforms Resist Albany Consensus

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.