RGB Recommends Rent Raise, Rejects Rollback

By: Steven Wishnia Published: May 2017 By a 5-4 vote with no debate, the city Rent Guidelines Board on Apr. 25 recommended allowing increases of 1 to 3 percent for a one-year lease and 2 to 4 percent for two-year leases in the city’s about 1 million rent-stabilized apartments. RGB chair Kathleen Roberts, who proposed the increases, offered no explanation or rationale for them, and did not stick around to answer questions afterwards. “I think it’s really disappointing that the chair did not explain why she voted for a rent increase,” tenant representative Sheila Garcia said. “I’m very upset,” said Inwood-Washington Heights activist Graham Ciraulo, noting that his building didn’t have gas for seven months and his landlord has been … Read More

Court Dismisses Landlords’ Lawsuit Against Rent Freeze

By: Kenny Schaeffer Published: April 2017 On March 28, before a packed courtroom in Manhattan, State Supreme Court Justice Debra James dismissed a lawsuit brought by a landlord trade group seeking to overturn the rent freeze currently in effect for one-year renewals of rent-stabilized leases.  The Rent Stabilization Association had filed the suit, an Article 78 petition contesting the legality of a government action, last July, nine days after the city Rent Guidelines Board voted to freeze rents for the second year in a row. It claimed that the RGB’s action was “arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law” because the board had considered “tenant affordability” in making its decision. In dismissing the case as having no merit, Judge James … Read More