Public Advocate Letitia James is pulling out of representing a group of Chinatown tenants after a clash over whether to settle with their landlord. In court papers, James and another attorney ask to withdraw as lawyers for the residents of 83 and 85 Bowery citing “irreconcilable differences” in the fight against landlord Joseph Betesh. James championed a proposed settlement in May between the landlord and tenants fighting his efforts to evict them. Under the deal, the tenants would be spared eviction and would get long-term rent stabilized leases, but would have to relocate temporarily while repairs are being made to the building. But many tenants rejected the deal and continued to protest Betesh, who they call a slumlord, and said they should not have to move out at all for the repairs to happen. “Defendants have stated that they do not want to agree to the terms outlined to the Court,” the attorneys wrote in the motion to withdraw. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Public Advocate Letitia James will no longer represent Chinatown tenants after dispute over landlord settlement
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CARLOS DELAROSA, Russell Taylor and Rosa Elsevyf-Conrad share a few things in common. They've all battled recently against eviction by the same landlord, the Pinnacle Group LLC, the real estate company that has filed an astonishing 5,000 eviction proceedings since 2004 against tenants who live in its nearly 20,000 apartments. And all have suddenly seen Pinnacle drop its cases against them within hours of the Daily News inquiring about their particular situations. On April 24, city marshals actually evicted delaRosa, his wife and two children from their Morrison Ave. apartment in the South Bronx and promptly changed the locks. At the time, delaRosa, a restaurant deliveryman, owed a grand total of $493 - just half of the $986-a-month rent for the one-bedroom, fifth-floor walkup. There must be some mistake, delaRosa told the marshal. He'd mailed Pinnacle most of what he owed the previous week and had an overdue balance of only $100. Besides, the federal government's Section 8 … [Read more...] about FIRM AT PINNACLE OF LANDLORD DISPUTES
Jonathan Bach Salem Statesman Journal Published 5:22 PM EST Feb 28, 2019 Gov. Kate Brown signed into law Thursday a bill that caps rent increases and bans no-cause evictions for many across Oregon, reshaping the state's housing market for years to come. The law, which took effect immediately after Senate Bill 608 was signed by the governor shortly after noon, throws up several barriers for landlords while still giving them leeway to raise rents. Meanwhile, tenants can expect more regularly scheduled rent increases, which the law limits to once a year. The bill is one in a set of actions taken by Oregonians to address the state's housing woes. Last November, voters approved Measure 102 to let local bond measures pay for private, affordable housing. Brown called SB 608 "a critical tool for stabilizing the rental market throughout the state of Oregon. It will provide immediate relief to Oregonians struggling to keep up with … [Read more...] about Oregon’s new rent control law: What tenants, landlords should know
AUGUSTA – A proposal to protect Mainers who face rent hikes and evictions and a competing bill to protect landlords from growing local regulation drew split testimony during a four-hour public hearing Wednesday. Renters and anti-poverty advocates said the increased tenant protections are needed in the tight market, especially for renters with lower incomes. Landlords and real estate professionals opposed government intervention into the landlord-tenant relationship, saying the rules would do more harm than good in much of the state.A bill sponsored by Rep. Christopher Kessler, D-South Portland, to increase minimum notification periods for rent increases and terminations of at-will tenancies drew the most back-and-between landlords and tenants advocates who testified before the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee. LD 308 would increase the required notification period for rent increases to 75 days from 45 days, and increase the notice to terminate at-will tenancies to … [Read more...] about Tenants, landlords divided over bills aimed at Maine’s rental markets
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As New York rent laws are about to expire, lawmakers in Albany have hashed out a new plan for rentals that will greatly impact many tenants and landlords of apartment buildings across New York City.The rent reforms would limit rent increases to 3 percent for major capital improvements. In addition, they would prevent landlords from increasing rents to a maximum level when leases are renewed. The landmark rent proposal also includes state inspection of some buildings across the city. Lastly, the overhaul of New York’s rent laws would abolish vacancy decontrol, which calculates rent at market levels when a unit is vacant. And vacancy bonuses -- a provision in the law that allows a landlord to raise rent by 20 percent for a two-year lease after a unit is vacated -- would be terminated.In a statement, legislators said: “These reforms will pass both legislative houses and we are hopeful that the governor will sign them into law. It is the right thing to … [Read more...] about How would rent reform affect Staten Island tenants, landlords?