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NY State Data Indicates Even More Landlords Duck Rent Limits

NY State Data Indicates Even More Landlords Duck Rent Limits

August 5, 2016 at 11:45 am 467 comments

As many as 200,000 New York City apartments could be missing from rent regulation as required by law, according to figures released by the state’s housing agency. Since the 1990s, New York City has published, and public officials have quoted, an estimate that there are 1 million rent-stabilized apartments inRead More

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams speaks to protesters and other pro-tenant activists in New York in May. (AP/Frank Franklin II)

NYC Bill Targets Landlords Who Get Tax Breaks, Duck Rent Limits

June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm 146 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. City Council members propose inventory system and fines for landlords after ProPublica reports that 50,000 apartments aren’t registered for rent regulation as required. New York City landlords who get big tax breaks in exchange for capping rentRead More

Nancy Sher has lived at 125 Court Street in Brooklyn since the luxury building opened in 2005. After twice raising Sher’s rent beyond city limits, landlord Two Trees Management refunded her overcharges in 2013. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Tenants Take the Hit

June 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm 121 comments

New York Fails to Police Huge Housing Tax Break This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. When prominent New York developer Jed Walentas asked the city to approve a set of sleek towers on Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront last year, he pitched his company asRead More

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

June 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm 164 comments

  This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. State, city officials target buildings receiving lucrative property tax breaks in return for limiting rents.  New York City and state officials announced settlements Thursday placing 1,823 apartments under rent stabilization, making a small dent in theRead More

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm 70 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.“ Update, Nov. 11, 2015: This story has been updated to include additional questions and answers. Q. Is there a limit on rent increases for my apartment? A. You can punch your address into the search page maintained by the state’sRead More

The Rent Racket – Pro Publica Spotlight

The Rent Racket – Pro Publica Spotlight

April 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm 17 comments

One of topics New Yorker’s consistently gripe over is rent. The renter’s landscape is in constant evolution, the media often releases stories that make for great headlines instead of less sensational stories that stir up discussion on housing rights of New Yorkers. Pro Publica has an on-going investigation on theRead More