NY State Legislature Implements Oppressive Rent Control Policies
On June 14, New York State passed A. 8281 and S. 6458, also known as the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.” The package was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and went into effect immediately. The omnibus represents the enactment of the strictest rent regulation laws ever established and contains a host of onerous provisions that will have significant effects on the quality and quantity of affordable housing in the state.
The main thrust of the bill, among other adverse provisions, lies in granting New York’s municipalities the ability to opt into New York City’s rent regulation system, where a rent board sets the legally permitted increase in rent every year based on its own calculation of the costs to operate an apartment building.
As part of the new law, rent boards will no longer adjust rent calculations for vacancies of regulated units. The law severely limits how much an owner may increase the rent to cover the costs of major capital improvements (MCIs) or individual apartment improvements (IAIs), and it eliminates vacancy decontrol and luxury exemptions to rent control regulations. These changes will have devastating effects in a state where over half of the housing stock was constructed before 1959, accelerating the primary consequences of rent control policies: deferred maintenance and supply reduction.
Other onerous provisions are as follows:
Thank you, as always, for all that you do to help grow and protect the apartment industry.
Best regards,Robert Pinnegar, CAE
President and CEO