Garodnick, Quinn Lead Council’s Effort to Renew, Strengthen Rent Regulations

With New York’s rent regulations scheduled to sunset in June unless they are re-approved in Albany, Council Member Garodnick and Speaker Christine Quinn led a group of 38 Council Members in calling on the state to renew and expand protections for renters.

In a letter to Governor Cuomo and the heads of the Senate and Assembly, the Council Members said that allowing rent laws to expire could be "tantamount to widespread eviction of the tenants in the [million apartments covered by rent regulations in New York City.]"

The Council was also unequivocal on the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer decision, the victorious lawsuit brought by ST/PCV tenants over J-51 tax breaks.

“Under no circumstances should the renewal of rent regulation laws be used as an opportunity to trade hard-fought tenant legal victories like the Court of Appeals’ Roberts v. Tishman Speyer decision," the Council Members said. "The court’s decision should stand, and we will strongly object to any effort to weaken this ruling as part of the renewal of these laws."