According to CHIP many are considering passing the Good Cause Eviction, which is basically universal rent control. CHIP believes that the reason for this is to pressure the State Legislature to pass S3082/A5573 which is a statewide Good Cause Eviction bill that would cap residential rent increases at 3%, or 1.5 times the Consumer Price Index. Essentially Landlords have to meet one of the ten possible conditions before trying to evict someone. CHIP is addressing this threat by leading a statewide coalition that will be developing a strategy to defeat the bill.
In addition to this, CHIP also said that Congressional Democrats are going to remove the funds for vouchers and rent assistance in favor of protecting $80 billion in funds earmarked for public housing. Democratic lawmakers had hoped to fully fund Section 8 vouchers which would help thousands of low-income tenants who have been on a waiting list for years.
Manhattan City Councilman Ben Kallos has put forth a new bill that would require property owners who have 10 or more units per building, to re-wire in order to be able to provide free internet to their tenants. Of course the housing providers would have to absorb all these costs, which will likely be thousands of dollars to install and then roughly $180 a year per unit. However he does call for the city to put together funds to help pay for this.
This concludes todays update!