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The Network Testifies to NYS Legislature About Rent Regulation for Scattered Site Supportive Housing

05.03.2019

The Network proposed a critical amendment to a bill to provide rent stabilization provisions to scattered site units in New York City.

On May 2nd, Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch provided testimony at the New York State Assembly’s Committee on Housing’s public hearing on rent-regulated housing. While thanking Assemblymembers Latoya Joyner and Steven Cymbrowitz for advancing Bill No. A07115, which would provide rent stabilization provisions to nonprofit housing providers’ new scattered site supportive housing units, she encouraged the sponsors to accept a friendly amendment to the bill that would extend the protections to the 14,000 existing scattered-site units and formerly homeless disabled families and individuals currently living there.

Laura also provided testimony on May 16th to the New York State Senate's Housing Committee's public hearing on rent regulation and tenant protection legislation chaired by Senator Brian Kavanagh.

Currently, landlords are able to charge significantly higher rents to nonprofits that lease rent-stabilized apartments on behalf of vulnerable tenants through a loophole in existing rent-stabilization regulations; this loophole also allows landlords to not renew leases, effectively evicting tenants without cause. The Network advocated for the closure of this loophole.

More details can be found in the Network’s full testimony here to the Assembly and here to the Senate.

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