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Seventy Years of Rent Control in NYC

Rent Control Limits in NYC

People will do crazy things to get their hands on a rent controlled apartment, from pretending to be someone’s relative to pretending their dead relative that owned the home is in fact, still alive and kicking. A book by Robert Fogelson entitled The Great Rent Wars: New York 1917-1929, explains the tumultuous story of the many attempts to fix a terrible housing situation before rent control. Enacted 70 years ago, the story of rent regulations started with a government that could care less about the issues happening with housing.

Coming Soon: Rent Increases for NYC’s Rent-Regulated Apartments

Coming Soon: Rent Increases for NYC’s Rent-Regulated Apartments

Tenants of rent-regulated apartments in New York City will soon have to write out larger checks to their landlords—the Rent Guidelines Board recently approved an increase of at least 4 percent in the rents of the million or so people who currently live in rent-regulated apartments across the city. Starting October 1st, one-year leases for rent-regulated apartments will see a rent increase of 4 percent, while two-year leases will see a rent increase of 7.75 percent.

Walk-up Buildings Return to the Spotlight

In a city with apartment buildings known for their dizzying heights and grandeur, walk-up apartment buildings in New York City have long had a lower, less glamorous profile. Walk-ups are buildings that have just five or six stories of apartments in them, and, as their name suggests, they do not have an elevator. Walk-up buildings reflect a style of construction of the early 20th century, and the flights of stairs to climb every day have been a deterrent for New Yorkers looking for an apartment to rent in the city. But that was in the past. With the trend of increasing rents sweeping through rental buildings in Manhattan, the apartments in these small walk-ups represent a gold mine for the landlords of such buildings. 

The Widespread Effects of Rent Regulation in NYC

It’s a policy that dates back to World War I: rent regulation. A housing law that currently applies to 62.6% of the rental units in New York City, rent regulation’s effect on the city’s inhabitants cannot be underestimated. However, rent regulation is far from universally accepted throughout NYC. Recent controversy arose when landlords from the Upper West Side filed a federal lawsuit advocating for the removal of rent regulation due to its alleged unconstitutionality. For many landlords of rent-regulated apartments, it seems unjust that residents could afford to endlessly renew their leases.The importance of rent increases and alterations can furthermore be seen in the recent decision by the Rent Guidelines Board to allow landlords to make a  2% rent increase on 1-year leases and a 4% increase on 2-year leases.

Rent Control versus Rent Stabilization

rent regulation rent control rent stabilization in new york cityWhile the case between the Upper West Side landlord and his rent stabilized tenants sits in front of the Supreme Court pending further action, the Luxury Rentals Manhattan blog thought this would be a great opportunity to review the difference between the real estate mysteries that are rent control and rent stabilization. Rent control and rent stabilization, both of which fall under the category of rent regulation, refer to laws or ordinances that set price control on the renting of residential building. Historically, New York State has one of the longest history of rent regulation in the country and subsequently the vast majority of rent regulated units are located in New York City as well.