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)
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Stop landlords from creating a false housing shortage

 TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM on Zoom 

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The management of 50 West 97th Street refuses to offer for rent 9 vacant rent stabilized apartments.  The management is just warehousing them. And that's just one building.


So landlords are creating a fake shortage of apartments, and then offering to relieve it if the state will let them double the rents every 5 years by permitting vacancy bonuses again. (In the past, landlords got a 20% increase every time a rent stabilized apartment became vacant. If tenants were harassed out by certain landlords, that could mean a new tenant every year - and that would result in a 100% rent increase after 5 or so years without the landlord even having to slap on a coat of paint.)

Tonight the Coalition to End Apartment Warehousing is hosting a Zoom Town Hall about this issue.  Join us!

6:30 PM.  
By phone: 646 558 8656 (meeting ID: 83569891685#)




Saturday, April 2, 2022

McKee's Media for March 29 and April 1, 2022

EXCERPTED FROM MICHAEL McKEE's 

ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES

 

 

REDISTRICTING IN LIMBO

Sara Dorn: Judge rejects new congressional and legislative maps as unconstitutional, orders state legislature to redraw them; legislature to appeal decision (City & State)

SO IS STATE BUDGET

Nick Reisman: State budget in limbo as April 1 deadline will be missed (NY State of Politics)

Zach Williams: As budget deadline looms, progressives turn to activist tactics on state budget (City & State)

Susan Arbetter: The latest on housing issues in NYS budget (Capital Tonight) (VIDEO)

Denis Slattery: Hochul faces backlash on Buffalo Bills stadium deal, bail reform rollbacks as budget talks continue; nine tenant advocates arrested pushing for good cause eviction and against 421-a renewal (Daily News)

Fernando Martínez: (14 arrested in Manhattan protesting 2023 budget for lack of affordable housing support) Arrestan a 14 en Manhattan durante protesta para que se incluyan planes de viviendas asequibles en el presupuesto 2023 (El Diario)


421-A TAX GIVEAWAY

Suzannah Cavanaugh: Housing Rights Initiative generates lawsuits against two more landlords who flouted rent stabilization rules under the 421-a tax giveaway (The Real Deal) 

Eddie Small: Two more landlords accused of violating controversial 421-a tax break law, failed to comply with rent stabilization requirements (Crain's) 

Judith Goldiner, Zellnor Myrie & Linda Rosenthal: The proposed replacement for 421-a is an expensive subsidy for luxury developers (Crain's Opinion)

Matthew Haag & Mihir Zaveri: Will ending the lucrative 421-a tax break ease or fuel the NYC housing crisis? (New York Times) - only 44 deeply affordable apts since 2014!

Chau Lam: As budget deadline looms, fate of a widely-supported housing voucher program is in Hochul's hands (Gothamist)

Ross Barkan: Kathy Hochul's terrible tax giveaway (Political Currents)

RIGHT TO COUNSEL - Swamped

Shant Shahrigian: As evictions pile up, many NYC tenants are not getting lawyers despite right to counsel law (Daily News)