Rent Stabilization Update: What’s Next?

Months have passed without a single word from City Hall about rent stabilization. No press release, newspaper announcement or website update has keept us informed. Officials let weeks go by without a reply. And don’t get me started about the programs that must be better managed if they are to properly serve tenants. What gives with the silent treatment? Is City Hall on hiatus?

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City Council: Let’s Get on With the Program

Mayor Bosse tonight focused councilmembers on several key issues that are necessary to move the rent stabilization program forward: proceeding with a rental registry, funding the program, and hiring a deputy director. Other areas of council agreement included forming a tenant-landlord board and a new habitability standard. While the RSO program moves forward the next steps are yet unclear.

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Facilitator Singh Comes to Council on Tuesday

On the Tuesday City Council agenda is a report from Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh that will summarize his findings from the seven (!) tenant-landlord dialogues that he facilitated this summer. The report is a brief walk-through of the main points from those sessions, plus a few recommendations for possible rent stabilization policy changes. What will Council say to findings from the tenant-landlord roundtables?

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2017 Dialogue #7: All About the Allowed Rent Increase

In this final summer 2017 facilitated dialogue, landlords and tenants found little to agree on. The agenda centered on several issues from the previous session’s agenda: the annual rent increase, relocation fees, no-just-cause tenancy terminations, and exemptions from rent stabilization for 4-unit and smaller properties. In this #7 facilitated dialogue it was clear City Council would be resolving the tough issues.

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Dialogue #6: My Takeaway

At this dialogue session #6 (the´╗┐ second tenant-landlord roundtable on August 13th) tenants and landlords seemed to find some areas of common agreement: the formation of a tenant-landlord committee and that every apartment renting and leasing business should be registered and paying business tax. But there were key differences in how we viewed these and many issues. Here is my takeaway from that meeting.

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