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Catharine Young’s Latest Bill Passes Committee

Today, Catharine Young’s bill, S2281, passed the Housing committee despite objections from Senators Adriano Espaillat and Liz Krueger that it would weaken tenants’ rights.

The bill would give a landlord the right (but not the obligation) to essentially forge the signature on a lease renewal that a rent regulated tenant failed to sign, even if the tenant had a valid reason for not signing the lease. Landlords could use this ability to, for example, insert an illegal rent hike into a tenant’s lease, and then put that lease into effect without the tenant’s consent, which would give the landlord more power to evict the tenant for not complying with the new lease that he or she “signed”. Tenants would gain no rights whatsoever from the legislation.


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