Rent Regulations

Rent regulations are laws that aim to limit landlords’ abilities to raise rents, creating rent control or rent stabilization. They may also create new requirements for landlords to evict tenants and new building maintenance standards, and can implement public oversight of landlord. On June 14, 2019, New York State passed sweeping rent regulation reforms. TRD reported on these reforms and what they meant for tenants and landlords alike.

Rent Regulations Q&A

Who is impacted by rent regulations?
Rent regulations are generally intended to protect renters. Rules that limit rent increases and raise the bar for causes of eviction shield renters from changes in the market and can create stability for them. However, rent regulations also impact landlords. They impede their ability to raise rents to keep up with market prices, make it harder to evict insolvent tenants, and can make renovating rental properties are greater financial strain.
Want to know more about rent regulations?
Check out our Top Stories below for TRD's most up-to-date coverage of rent regulations.

Rent Regulations Top Stories

September 6, 2019Blackstone is renovating and leasing all vacant units at Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, after authorities announced a review of their affordable housing agreement with the landlord.
August 27, 2019Real Capital Analytics data showed that New York’s multifamily market had a very slow July.
August 21, 2019Some landlords say they plan to close the door to vacant apartments and wait for the laws to change.
July 17, 2019These are the landlords suing New York over the state’s new rent law.

The Latest

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Going Once, Going Twice! Portfolio of rent-stabilized properties hits auction block

A portfolio that includes a sizable chunk of rent-stabilized apartment units is hitting the auction block. Bids for the...

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Multifamily heavyweights pitched rent plan before Albany hammered landlords

As lawmakers considered changes to the rent laws earlier this year, two of the city’s largest landlords floated an...

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Tenant group attacks Democratic senators for taking real estate money

The group that pushed hardest for the overhaul of New York’s rent laws that shocked landlords is now targeting...

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Tenant organizing rights at stake in arrested activist’s case

A criminal case in Rochester could affirm or impair New York tenants’ ability to organize their buildings. Ryan Acuff,...

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“It’s not the end of the world,” landlord says of new rent laws

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Death march for NYC’s multifamily market continues

Hammered by state lawmakers in June, New York’s multifamily market is showing few signs of life. Dollar volume, deal...

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“Nightmare” for landlords: Court OK’s class action against Harlem owner

New York’s highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for a group of tenants to pursue a class action...

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Rent-pocalypse 2.0: Real estate industry reacts to tenant demands

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More rent-law fallout: Landlords back off “absentee” tenants

Cases brought against rent-stabilized tenants who allegedly live elsewhere have become a thing of the past. The reason is...

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