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

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