via Flickr Despite the months-long battle-cry of “universal rent control,” Tuesday’s historic deal on rent laws notably fell short in delivering significant protections for unregulated or market-rate tenants. Although not a surprise, legislators left out a controversial bill on “good cause” eviction, which would have added protections to market-rate tenants under certain conditions and was considered a breakthrough concept in rent reform. Nevertheless, the state legislature’s agreement, which will go for a vote on Friday, does contain some interesting new provisions for all tenants, ranging on issues from security deposits to eviction proceedings. Although some housing economists have argued that the rent-regulated system comes at the expense of market-rate tenants, several policy and legal experts said any spillover effects from the new restrictions on rent-regulated to market rate apartments were unlikely. The two systems are separate, said Ed Josephson, director of litigation and housing at Legal Services NYC. “I think the [market-rate] rents are high because the market is tight,” he said. Ellen Davidson, a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society, said many of the current bill’s proposals address concerns from market-rate tenants that were voiced at state hearings. Davidson said the bill’s rules for non-regulated tenants can be… Read full this story
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