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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.

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)