Assemblymember Brook-Krasny: Assembly passes legislation protecting renters
June 18, 2008
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights) announced the Assembly passed a package of legislation that he supported to protect tenants living in rent-stabilized buildings. "We're in the middle of uncertain economic times and an affordable housing crisis in New York State," Brook-Krasny said. "Mitchell-Lama housing offers help to families living in high-rent areas, providing some stability in a difficult housing market." The Assembly's legislation would:
- provide incentives for landlords to stay in the Mitchell-Lama program and would give rent-stabilization protection to New York City tenants in units of rental developments that were bought out (A.795);
- extend the period of time before limited-profit housing companies may dissolve from 20 to 50 years (A.793); and
- give post-buyout rent stabilization to Nassau, Westchester and Rockland county tenants in buildings formerly owned by limited-profit housing companies (A.4196).
- increase the amount of civil penalties the Division of Housing and Community Renewal could impose on landlords who harass tenants or who violate DHCR orders related to rent-regulated housing (A.10823);
- repeal provisions of the law that take units out of the rent-regulated system (A.7416-A);
- limit a building owner's ability to recover a rent-regulated apartment for personal use (A.799);
- increase the rent and income deregulation thresholds for luxury, high-income tenants (A.10647);
- require landlords who charge a rent lower than the maximum amount to offer that same rent as long as the same tenant resides in the apartment (A.10055-A);
- reduce the amount of rent increase after a vacancy from 20 percent to 10 percent and limit the number of allowable increases per year (A.2894);
- give New York City more power to regulate rents by removing the provision of law prohibiting cities of 1 million or more residents from strengthening rent-regulation laws (A.4069);
- permit the declaration of an emergency pursuant to the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) for rental housing accommodations located in buildings covered by a project-based assistance contract pursuant to Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (A.5677); and
- extend the length of time over which major capital improvement (MCI) expenses may be recovered and require that rent surcharges authorized for MCIs cease when the cost of the improvement has been recovered (A.6510).