Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rent bills pass City Council - Mar. 22, 2018



On March 22, 2018, the New York City Council 
passed Resolution 188-A and Intro 600-A.
The resolution declares that NYC still has 
a housing emergency (a vacancy rate under 5%). 

Now that it has passed the City Council, 
the city rent control law (what's left of it) 
has been renewed for three years, until 
April 1, 2021.

The intro renews the NYC Rent Stabilization 
Law of 1969 for three years, until April 1, 2021
The mayor must sign this bill into law. Stand 
by for notice of the bill-signing hearing.

Curbed New York on City Hall 


The vote on Intro 600-A was 47 yes, 1 no. 
The negative vote was cast by Republican 
Council Member Steve Matteo from Staten 
Island. The vote on Res. 188-A was 48-0. 
 (Three of the 51 Council members were 
absent.)

Before the City Council meeting, there was a 
lively rally on the steps of City Hall with 
Speaker Corey Johnson, the sponsor of both 
Res. 188-A and Intro 600-A. In a passionate 
speech, Speaker Johnson called on Albany to 
close loopholes in the rent laws, which the 
City Council cannot do because it lacks home 
rule power over rents and evictions. He pledged 
to help tenants keep the pressure on the governor 
and legislature. Other speakers, including tenant 
advocates and Council members, blasted Governor 
Cuomo for his inaction on rent reform.
The City Council also passed the Jerome Avenue 
rezoning plan.

Mike McKee 

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