Tom Waters of the Community Service Society has analyzed where rent-regulated apartments are located in the five boroughs of
There are nearly million rent regulated apartments in
We argue that the changing geography of rent regulation in
The most heavily rent-regulated areas of
New York City are concentrated in central Brooklyn, western Queens, the West Bronx, and Upper Manhattan—essentially an inner ring around the historically high-rent areas of Manhattan below Harlem. This pattern, which partly reflects the effect of 20 years of vacancy deregulation, results in a constituency for rent regulation that disproportionately includes low-income people and people of color.
As tenants in these areas find their rents fast outstripping their incomes, the affordability protections of rent regulation become even more important.
(CSS published this before the November 4, 2014 election, so some names of legislators are not current. To find out who the current legislators are, go to www.assembly.state.ny.us or www.senate.state.ny.us.)