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Catharine Young Wants the RGB to Give Yearly Rent Increases to Mitchell-Lama Tenants

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

At yesterday’s meeting of the senate housing committee, Catharine Young introduced S5084, a bill that would provide automatic yearly rent increases for tenants living in Mitchell-Lama housing in New York City. Furthermore, the bill would increase the surcharges paid by residents who are above the income threshold. Finally, the bill would increase the income limits for Mitchell-Lama tenants.

This is exactly what low-to-moderate income families don’t need — more competition from other, higher-income families applying for the same very limited supply of housing (where very long waiting lists are already the norm), while simultaneously making these apartments less affordable over time through yearly RGB increases. But this is an amazing deal for companies that own and operate these housing units, because they would get automatic rent increases without even asking for them, plus they would get extra surcharges to boot!

Senator Adriano Espaillat cast the single negative vote (3:13 in the video).

Catharine Young Reintroduces 6 Failed Pro-Landlord Bills from 2011

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

It’s a blast from the past! In the current legislative session, Senator Catharine Young has reintroduced 6 of her (failed) sponsored bills from 2011, all of which favor landlords and hurt rent regulated tenants. These bills have been given new numbers as follows:

S7732-2011, which would allow landlords to automatically renew (at the landlord’s option) a lease for any holdover tenant who remained in their apartment after the end of their existing lease (even if the tenant had a valid reason for refusing to sign the renewal lease), is now S4032-2013.

S5041A-2011, which would allow a landlord to commence eviction proceedings against a tenant who fails to file a tax return or votes in the wrong place, and would also allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency whenever they want, is now S3671-2013.

S6472-2011, which would allow a landlord to increase the stabilized rent on an apartment by 20% in the event that the residing tenant vacates or dies, and his/her family wishes to continue the lease, and would also limit succession rights to one generation, is now S3672-2013.

S6515-2011, which would take away a rent regulated tenant’s right to a two-year lease, and would raise the vacancy increase on one-year leases to 20% (which is the current rate for a two-year lease), is now S3673A-2013.

S5152-2011, which would allow a landlord to evict any rent regulated tenant (who is not over age 62 or disabled), thereby freeing the apartment for the owner’s personal use, is now S4033-2013.

S6473-2011, which would change the way tenants’ incomes are calculated (making it easier for landlords to perform high-income deregulation), is now S4073A-2013.