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Catharine Young Wants to Put Your Landlord on the RGB!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Yesterday, Senator Catharine Young introduced Senate bill S2045, which would allow owners of rent regulated apartments in certain counties to serve on the Rent Guidelines Board. In other words, Catharine Young wants the RGB, whose primary job is to determine a fair rent increase every year (preventing the landlords from jacking up regulated rents past an unreasonable percentage), to be directly controlled by the landlords themselves!

This bill would only affect Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties (suburbs of New York City), all of which are over 300 miles outside of Young’s own district.

Landlords 3, Tenants 0: Catharine Young Passes Three Bills in Senate

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Today, the Senate passed three of the bills that Senator Catharine Young introduced in the April 30th housing committee meeting:

S5041A – This bill would give landlords the ability to evict rent stabilized tenants if they fail to file a city/state tax return, or vote in the wrong place, and also would allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease. A version of this bill had previously passed the Senate on June 22nd, 2011, but died in Assembly.

S5152 – This bill would would allow a landlord to evict any rent regulated tenant, who is not disabled or over the age of 62, if the landlord’s immediate family wanted to live there, even for just a short time, without demonstrating any necessity for such occupancy.

S6472 – This bill 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. Furthermore, the bill would limit succession rights to one generation.

All three bills are currently in Assembly.

Due to an apparent technical glitch, there is no sound on the Senate’s video of the session. However, the full transcript can be read here. In addition, we do have following debate on the S5041A bill between Catharine Young and Gustavo Rivera, who represents District 33 in the Bronx (which, unlike Young’s own district, is actually affected by her bill):

Christmas in April! Catharine Young Gives 5 Presents to Landlords

Monday, April 30th, 2012

At today’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young introduced five more bills that attack the rights of rent stabilized tenants in New York City.

S5041A – This bill would give landlords the ability to evict rent stabilized tenants if they fail to file a city/state tax return, or vote in the wrong place, and also would allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease. A version of this bill had previously passed the Senate on June 22nd, 2011, but died in Assembly. (0:50 in video)

S5152 – This bill would would allow a landlord to evict any rent regulated tenant, who is not disabled or over the age of 62, if the landlord’s immediate family wanted to live there, even for just a short time, without demonstrating any necessity for such occupancy. (6:49 in video)

S6472 – This bill 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. Furthermore, the bill would limit succession rights to one generation. (9:55 in video)

S6473 – This bill would make it easier for an apartment to become destabilized via high income, by changing the formula for calculating the $200,000 minimum annual income. Instead of requiring an income above $200,000 for each of two consecutive years, the average income over the two year period would be used in the calculation. (12:59 in video)

S6515 – This bill would eliminate a rent regulated tenant’s right to a two-year lease renewal. All lease renewals would therefore be for a term of only one year. (14:53 in video)

Another Tenant Victory in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Case? Another Bill from Catharine Young to Reverse It!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In today’s meeting of the Senate committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young reintroduced S5763B, a bill that would undo the tenants’ latest victory in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer Properties case.

Although her previous bill reversing the tenants’ earlier victory never managed to gain any traction, an earlier version of this bill did pass the Senate last year (but died in Assembly).

Last August, tenants won a second court victory when the New York state appellate court ruled that landlords who illegally deregulated apartments (while simultaneously receiving J-51 tax benefits) are liable for retroactive damages — meaning that they have to pay back the overcharged rent that they collected from their tenants.

Even though Young crafted the original version of this bill prior to that court victory, the bill reverses the court’s decision by allowing landlords to return to the government any J-51 tax breaks received prior to the decision (October 22, 2009), and thereby setting the base rent for all affected apartments to be whatever the legal rent was on that date. (1:10 in video)

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

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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.