Tuesday, December 10, 2019

McKee's Media - 12/10/2019



ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:


ZONING / DISPLACEMENT

NEW STATE CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR 
HARASSING LANDLORDS
Georgia Kromrei: Cuomo signs bill to increase 

DEM. CANDIDATES' HOUSING POLICY

TAX BREAKS FOR BIG DEVELOPERS

WHO'S GOT THE POWER IN ALBANY?
Albany Business Review: Landlords, business groups 

TAX THE RICH IN ORDER TO. . . .

Friday, November 29, 2019

Dec. 3, 2019 - Tenants PAC celebration

Dance The Night Away to the music of The Love Handles. Join Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Corey Johnson to celebrate the great tenant victory in Albany earlier this year, and to wish Michael McKee a happy 80th birthday.

Tickets start at $80, more if you can afford it. Click on the button below to buy a ticket, or to make a contribution if you cannot attend. All proceeds will be used to support pro-tenant candidates in next year's crucial elections, and to fight for even stronger rent laws in Albany.

Tuesday, December 3
6:30 - 9:00 pm
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street
(between Madison & Park Avenues)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A TICKET

McKee's Media - Nov. 29, 2019

LANDLORDS UPSET AT NEW HOUSING LAW
John Leland: Real Estate thought it was invincible in New York. It wasn't. How the industry plans to rebound after a tough year (New York Times)
Josh Barbanel: NYC evictions are plunging under new rent control law (Wall Street Journal)
Georgia Kromrei: National landlord groups fund RSA/CHIP lawsuit against New York State rent law (The Real Deal)
Kathryn Brenzel: REBNY's new president James Whelan promises more aggressive effort to fight tenant protections (The Real Deal)
Middletown Times Herald-Record: New Windsor manufactured homes tenants protest upcoming rent hike
Elizabeth Kim: Met with unrelenting tenant opposition, landlord of Atlantic Plaza Towers backs down on installing facial recognition technology (Gothamist)

NEW RENT LAW:  STATEWIDE AND MOBILE HOME PARKS
Anna Gronewold: City of Albany moves towards opting into state rent control law (Politico NY)
Jeremy Moule: Rochester takes first step toward rent stabilization as mayor agrees to conduct vacancy survey (Rochester City Newspaper)


CITY DOESN'T COLLECT LANDLORD FINES / LANDLORDS ASK FOR $$
Gothamist: NYC fines landlords for lead but rarely comes to collect
Kathryn Brenzel: REBNY asks City to help landlords pay for lead abatement (The Real Deal)
NYCHA
Greg Smith: NYCHA monitor being paid $600 per hour (The City)

HOMELESS
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Jehovah's Witnesses DUMBO hotel will become housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers

DISCRIMINATION AND DISPLACEMENT
Newsday: Black homebuyers & renters face discrimination from Long Island real estate brokers 
David Cruz: Special report: The vanishing Bronx homeowner (Norwood News)
New York Times: As Newark rebuilds, could black residents be pushed out?
Michael Kimmelman: Essex Crossing is the anti-Hudson Yards (New York Times)
New York Times: Surging rents, housing shortage leave working-class Californians at risk of displacement  

Friday, November 8, 2019

McKee's Media 11/08/2019

Tenants' PAC

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:
MCI RULES RETROACTIVE

AIRBnB
Luis Ferré-Sadurní: Massive defeat for Airbnb as Jersey City voters overwhelmingly approve stricter regulations on short-term rentals (New York Times)  
REBNY unhappy with new rent laws

NEW YORK CITY

Thursday, September 12, 2019

McKee's Media, 9/12/2019



Tenants' PAC

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:

OPTING INTO RENT STABILIZATION (ETPA)
Hudson Valley One: Kingston first upstate city 

WAREHOUSING and OTHER 
RESISTANCE TO NEW LAW

DHCR Goofs Then Corrects 

OTHER STATES PASSING RENT LAWS

TENANTS FIGHT BACK
Claudia Irizarry Aponte: Sunset Park tenants sue to 
compel restoration of building months after devastating 
fire left them homeless (The City)

State housing agency posts summary of new rent laws and lease rider

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which oversees the rent laws, has posted  on its website: 

So far, Stellar has been renewing stabilized leases using the OLD rent rider.  The new one will be binding since that goes along with the 2019 changes in the rent laws.  This rider also shows how market tenants trying to get back into rent stabilization can calculate what their stabilized rents would be.