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?
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Richard Cowen North Jersey Record Published 5:32 AM EDT Apr 27, 2019 Defense attorneys in the Jose Tavarez murder trial challenged the prosecutor's suggested motive for the killing of a Paterson bodega owner with an alternative theory: that the 64 year-old shopkeeper was killed in a tenant-landlord dispute. Gregory Aprile, the attorney for Harold Johnson, who is accused of the killing, showed the jury a court document indicating Tavarez owed his landlord, Jose Iraheta, $6,000 in back rent for the bodega at 29 Ellison St. Under an agreement between the two men, Taverez was supposed to pay the full amount by Feb. 12, 2016 — the day he was found shot to death inside the bodega. Aprile said Johnson was in the bodega that night, but didn't shoot anyone. Over the objection of the prosecution, Aprile on Friday introduced a court certification that Iraheta filed in Superior Court the day after Tavarez was killed. The document, … [Read more...] about Paterson NJ murder victim owed landlord when he was killed
San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s recent decision to replace a longtime member of the city’s Rent Board is causing concern among tenant advocacy groups. Breed quietly replaced Polly Marshall, an attorney and 35-year veteran of the Rent Board, at the end of last month in favor Reese Isbell, a former aide to Mark Leno during his time in the state Assembly and Senate. Marshall was an advocate for tenants’ rights on the board, where she had served since her 1984 appointment by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. But she had scant ties to Breed or her administration compared to Isbell, who worked on Breed’s transition team last year. Marshall’s term expired in September, but she said she had anticipated being reappointed. She learned that she had been replaced on the board through an article in the Bay Area Reporter, which first reported the news. Isbell said the challenges he confronted first-hand as a renter in San Francisco — particularly the difficulty of … [Read more...] about SF tenants rights advocates, supervisor queasy over member change on Rent Board
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
The woman in her 80s has lived in her Roxbury apartment for 30 years and often struggles with her deteriorating home on the one hand and the potentially risky decision of calling her landlord to complain on the other. “We have a raggedy house,” she said. Mystery Solved: Did Local Catholic Priest Father a Child? NBC10 Boston is withholding the identity and address of the woman and her adult son, who does not live with her. They both fear that speaking out will mean losing the elderly mother’s home. “I’ve seen they complain too much, they no longer live here,” the son said. Exclusive Family of 7-Year-Old Who Drowned Files Lawsuit Against DPH Five years after a Boston University student died, trapped in an attic fire with only one way out, and the city approved a new rental inspection and registration system, inspection officials and community housing advocates said that housing conditions have improved throughout the city. Boston … [Read more...] about Despite Progress, Boston Tenant-Landlord Conflicts Abound