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Catharine Young Doesn’t Have the Skills to Pass the Bills

Two pro-landlord rent regulation bills, which were introduced by Senator Catharine Young last year and passed the Senate, have died in Assembly and will not see a vote.

S5041 – This bill would have given landlords the ability to evict rent stabilized tenants if they fail to file a city/state tax return, or voted in the wrong place, and also would have allowed a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease.

S5763 – This bill would have reversed the tenants’ victory in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties case, by allowing landlords who illegally deregulated apartments (while simultaneously receiving J-51 tax benefits) to return those benefits to the government. By doing so, the landlords would be able to set the legal stabilized rent on the affected apartments, and avoid paying their tenants any potential retroactive damages that the court might determine the tenants are owed. Since this bill passed the Senate, the court has ruled that the landlords do in fact owe their tenants retroactive damages, so this bill would have been a huge victory for landlords had it become law.

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