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

Berlin, Germany (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Rent freeze in Berlin ends calls for expropriation, but may spark disinvestment

Berlin’s rent freeze may spark disinvestment, according to the city’s largest landlord. Deutsche Wohnen CFO Philip Grosse said in...

Rent freeze in Berlin ends calls for expropriation, but may spark disinvestment
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Getty Images, iStock, and Pixabay)

Analysis: Here’s what the new rent law will do to the average stabilized apartment

UPDATED, June 18, 11:41 a.m.: The new rent bill that was signed into law on Friday has already been...

Analysis: Here’s what the new rent law will do to the average stabilized apartment
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“Indentured landlord” in rent-reg lawsuit vents at politicians

One of the property owners highlighted in a federal lawsuit challenging the new rent law isn’t waiting for the...

“Indentured landlord” in rent-reg lawsuit vents at politicians
A&E Real Estate Holdings principal Douglas Eisenberg and the properties along Queens Blvd and 65th Avenue (Credit: The Rego Park 18 Portfolio)

A&E Real Estate buys huge rent-stabilized portfolio at deep discount

The frozen market just melted. One of the city’s biggest multifamily landlords just purchased hundreds of Queens apartments in...

A&E Real Estate buys huge rent-stabilized portfolio at deep discount
Clockwise from left: 5203-5207 Church Avenue in Brooklyn, 119-40 Metropolitan Avenue in Queens, 855 East 217th Street in the Bronx and 31-35 Steinway Street in Queens (Credit: Google Maps)

Going once, Going twice! Rent-stabilized portfolio hits auction block

A portfolio that includes a sizable chunk of rent-stabilized apartments is hitting the auction block. Bids for the 10-property...

Going once, Going twice! Rent-stabilized portfolio hits auction block
Taconic Investment Partners’ Charles Bendit and A&E Real Estate Holding’s Douglas Eisenberg (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

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...

Multifamily heavyweights pitched rent plan before Albany hammered landlords
Cea Weaver and the Nassau County Courthouse (Credit: Wikipedia)

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...

Tenant group attacks Democratic senators for taking real estate money
E.L. Tower in Rochester, New York (Credit: Google Maps, iStock)

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,...

Tenant organizing rights at stake in arrested activist’s case
Parkoff Organization's Adam Parkoff and Community Housing Improvement Program's Jay Martin

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

New York Multifamily Summit A Halloween panel of multifamily industry players had sobering market predictions — and a call...

“It’s not the end of the world,” landlord says of new rent laws
221 East 71st Street and 60 East 12th Street (Credit: Google Maps and iStock)

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...

Death march for NYC’s multifamily market continues
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