For the first time in its history Monday, the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted in favor of a rent freeze on one-year rent-stabilized leases.
Rent-regulated tenants and advocates rallied Wednesday outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, accusing him of selling out to wealthy developers.
The state’s rent regulations had expired June 16 but were temporarily extended as lawmakers continued to negotiate.
Negotiations over the renewal of New York City’s now-expired rent regulations will continue through the weekend and into next week.
Tenants and housing advocates are planning a midday protest Tuesday outside the governor’s office in New York City over the overnight expiration of the state rent control law.
Time is running out for the more than 2 million tenants covered by New York City’s rent laws while a deal to renew the regulations continues to elude New York state lawmakers.
The fight over rent regulations stretched from the city to Albany Thursday, with several protesters getting arrested and dozens of tenants later swarming a Rent Guidelines Board meeting.
More than 1,000 chanting tenants from New York City filled the hallways of the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday, urging lawmakers to renew and strengthen the law governing the city’s rent regulations.
The mayor’s visit comes at a critical time for lawmakers. The laws governing New York City’s rent rules, the tax break and the policy giving the mayor control of local schools are set to expire.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants state lawmakers to expand tenant protections for the city’s 1 million rent-regulated apartments.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams and other advocates argue with 60,000 people in city shelters right now, that number will spike if rent protections are not strengthened.
During the rally, the Alliance for Tenant Power outlined its plan to shore up rent regulation laws that are up for renewal in June.
Late Wednesday night, the state Senate failed to extend the New York City rent control law until Friday, leaving more than 1 million tenants temporarily no longer protected by the 1946 law.