Friday, April 22, 2022

McKee's Media - April 22, 2022

 

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates

 

 

 

 (Excerpted from Michael McKee's weekly email)

LANDLORDS HOLD APTS OFF MARKET

Matt Troutman: Manhattan landlords hold 50 percent of vacant apartments off the market (YieldPro)
 

GOOD CAUSE EVICTION LAW

Christian Garzone: State lawmakers, tenants push good cause eviction law at Rochester town hall (Rochester First) (VIDEO)
Emily Putnam: Rochester advocates push state legislature to pass good cause eviction bill (WHEC) (VIDEO)

RACE AGAINST RENT HIKE

Ross Barkan: The race against the rent hike; NYC Mayor Eric Adams plans to raise rents (Political Currents)
New York Post: Mayor Eric Adams says landlords need a rent increase

Aaron Ginsburg: NYC Rent Guidelines Board recommends rent increases up to 9 percent for rent-stabilized tenants (6sqft)

The City: NYC rent board staff floats rent hikes between 2.7 and 9 percent in setup to final vote

Michael Gartland: NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams demand Mayor Eric Adams increase funding for housing, homelessness (Daily News)

Washington Post: Rents are rising everywhere. See how much prices are up in your area

EVICTIONS RISING (NOT ENOUGH LAWYERS)

Jennifer Bisram: NYC tenants facing eviction as courts accelerate cases, tenants cannot get free legal help (WPIX) (VIDEO)

Molly Crane-Newman: NYC Housing Court crisis: Shortage of lawyers forces tenants to represent themselves despite Right to Counsel law (Daily News)

Chau Lam: NY City Council Member Shaun Abreu asks Gov. Hochul to save Right to Counsel law (Gothamist)
 

Jennifer White Karp: NYC rental market is bonkers: Manhattan's net effective monthly median rent was $3,644 in March; $2,955 in Brooklyn (Brick Underground)

Alex Love: Cornell study shows link between evictions and crime in Rochester neighborhoods (Rochester First) (VIDEO)

AZCentral: Arizona eviction filings are climbing to pre-pandemic levels. Housing advocates demand change (VIDEO) 

HOMELESS PEOPLE PROTEST/STAY LONGER IN SHELTERS

Jessica Meditz: Ridgewood Tenants Union organizer Raquel Namuche defiant after arrest in police sweep of homeless encampment (Queens Ledger)

Alex Press: On homelessness, Eric Adams has made sadism NYC's official policy (Jacobin)

Mara Gay: On homelessness, Eric Adams needs a little religion (New York Times Opinion)

Chau Lam: Fewer families in NYC shelters, but length of stay has grown (Gothamist)

Sara Dorn: Jumaane Williams proposes homeless bill of rights (City & State)

 

LANDLORDS DOUBLE-DIPPING &  MORE

Suzannah Cavanagh: A.G. Letitia James says landlords who got rent aid are illegally raising rents (The Real Deal)

Patrick Lakamp: As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 Buffalo children were lead poisoned (Buffalo News)

REDISTRICTING

Nicholas Fandos: Appellate court rejects new congressional lines, says Democrats engaged in illegal partisan gerrymandering; upholds legislative lines (New York Times)
Nick Reisman: Judge appoints special master to draw new district lines, as appeal process continues (NY State of Politics)

STATE BUDGET

Kathryn Brenzel: Real estate winners and losers, state budget edition (The Real Deal)
City & State: Winners and losers in the state budget

ZERO EMPLOYEES FOR VOUCHER DISCRIMINATION ENFORCEMENT

David Brand: NYC's long-understaffed voucher discrimination unit now has zero employees (City Limits)

SAN FRANCISCO LAW: LANDLORDS MUST BARGAIN WITH TENANT ASSOCIATIONS

Jack Ross: San Francisco ordinance requires landlords to recognize tenant associations, bargain in good faith (Capital and Main/Portside)
 

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