Jim Whelan talks “playing defense”

REBNY’s president shares his views on the new rent law, tax revenue and the pied-a-terre tax at the organization’s 124th annual banquet

TRD NEW YORK /
Jan.January 20, 2020 04:10 PM

Jim Whelan became the face of the Real Estate Board of New York at an especially brutal time for the industry.

He took over for John Banks just a month after the state passed a sweeping new rent law that affected nearly 1 million apartments. But Whelan was no newcomer to the game: Since 2010, he worked behind the scenes as REBNY’s chief government strategist. And at his first REBNY gala as president, he chatted with The Real Deal about what impact the new laws are having — and will have — on the industry, plus what havoc proposed legislation could wreak.

“I must admit we’re playing a lot of defense,” Whelan said. “It’s not a great political environment.”

Watch the video above to hear Whelan’s 2020 agenda.

Filmed by Caroline Mariko Stuckey. Interview by Rich Bockmann.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
What will proptech look like in 2019 and beyond?

What will proptech look like in 2019 and beyond?

The Observation Deck at Hudson Yards (Credit: Adam Pogoff)

Views from 1,100 feet: A tour of Related’s “the edge,” the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere

John Banks

High expectations: A look at John Banks’ 4 years at REBNY

From left: Bruce Molser, David Schechtman, Bob Knakal, David Greenbaum, and Judi Pulice

New York’s real estate bigwigs offer predictions for 2020

The Real Deal interviews TF Cornerstone's Tom Elghanayan at REBNY's 124th annual banquet.

TF Cornerstone exec: How I got over Amazon dumping LIC

NestApple head broker Nicole Fishman, Localize.city president Stephen Kalifowitz, RentHop founder Lee Lin and RoomZoom founder Elien Becque

Broker-fee ban could boost some startups, doom others

REBNY President Jim Whelan (Credit: iStock; Whelan by Anuja Shakya)

Rental commissions are back — for now

REBNY President James Whelan (Credit: iStock; Whelan photo by Anuja Shakya)

Stop the “havoc and confusion:” Industry petitions to overturn ban on broker fees

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...