Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tenants Demand Gov. Cuomo strengthens the rent laws



On Tuesday 150 tenants from New York City and Westchester County took the trip up to Albany to push for stronger rent laws. The laws covering 2.5 million tenants in rent regulated housing are set to expire on June 15 unless Gov. Cuomo pressures Senate Republicans to act. Specifically, tenants are demanding Gov. Cuomo repeal vacancy destabilization, the process by which an apartment leaves rent regulation when there's a vacancy and the rent rises above $2,000/month. This creates an economic incentive for the landlord to target rent-regulated tenants, often elderly, for eviction.