Home offer at issue in NYC eviction-for-goodness debate
A sweeping statewide tenant protection measure intended to make it harder for landlords to raise rents and move forward with evictions would not negatively impact the housing supply in New York City, advocates of the bill argued in a report released Monday.
But opponents of the legislation argue the report is misleading and would hurt small landowners.
At issue is the creation of a statewide eviction law for cause in New York. The bill seeks to prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to pay what is considered an unreasonable increase in rent.
The debate over affordable housing policy in New York is heating up once again as lawmakers head toward the end of the legislative session, which is due to end on June 2. Lawmakers are debating the extension and potential changes to tax breaks in addition to pushing for a good cause right.
Supporters of the legislation pointed Monday to a report released by the Pratt Center for Community Development and Community Service Society in New York that examined the effect of a “good cause” in New Jersey that has been on the books for nearly 50 years. The law, according to the report, did not impact the pace of construction in the Garden State.
“Strengthening tenant protections and improving the housing stock are not mutually exclusive,” said report co-author Samuel Stein, a housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society. “In fact, the two reinforce each other, and we have the data to prove it.”
But the Community Housing Improvement Program called the report misleading and New Jersey law is not an accurate point of comparison.
“This report lacks credibility. The authors of this report are clearly attempting to mislead the public to advance their political agenda,” said Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program. “It is particularly disappointing that the government continues to funnel taxpayers’ money into this institution and non-profit organization. organization so they can spread lies and half-truths.”