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Richard N. Gottfried
May 2011
Assembly District 75
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Community Update

Renewing the Rent Laws

Why rent laws matter.

A tenant's apartment is the tenant's home. But if Rent Stabilization is taken away from an apartment, that means the tenant has no right to have the lease renewed when it expires, and the landlord can charge whatever rent he or she wants to. Tenants would have no protection.

Thanks to New York's rent protection laws, you can have a stable home even if you don't own a house or a co-op or condo. It means tenants can have real roots in the community. And neighborhoods like ours can have the exciting diversity that makes New York work.

What's happening.

The New York State Rent Stabilization law expires on June 15. The Governor and the State Assembly wanted to include the renewal of the rent laws as part of the state budget, the Senate leadership would not agree. The Governor's support will be crucial to help us meet our goals.

In April, the Assembly passed its omnibus housing bill (A. 2674-A), by a vote of 92-54. The bill, of which I am a co-sponsor, incorporates many long-time priorities into one piece of legislation. These include:

Office Addresses:

District Address:
242 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
Fax: 212-243-2035
Albany Address:
LOB 822
Albany, NY 12248
Fax: 518-455-5939