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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.

Catharine Young Says: Deregulate More Apartments, Evict Tenants who Vote at the Wrong Place!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

In today’s meeting of the Senate committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Senator Catharine Young introduced S5041, a bill that 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. The bill would also to allow a landlord to challenge a tenant’s primary residency at any time during the lease. (4:10 in video)

Young also introduced S5047, a bill that would keep the high income rent regulation at the 1997 level of $175,000, ignoring the massive median-income and cost-of-living increases that occurred during that 14 year period, and to require all rent regulated tenants to file documents every year proving that their income is less than $175,000. Any tenant who failed to file the documents would be presumed to be making more than $175,000, which would trigger destabilization of his/her rent. And to force more deregulations, this bill would change the way the figure is calculated: gross income would be used instead of adjusted gross income, and rather than requiring a $175,000+ income for two successive years, the calculation would be based on the average of the prior two years. (11:43 in video)