Tenants Have New Rights!

NYS passed Good Cause Eviction Protections against rent hikes and unfair evictions in April 2024. If you are eligible for Good Cause, you now have a right to remain in your home as long as you pay rent and follow your lease.

Housing Justice for All Reacts to One House Budget Proposals

“Promises of “tenant protections” or “principles of Good Cause Eviction” will not be enough for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers struggling to keep a roof over their heads.”

NEW YORK – In response to the Senate’s and Assembly’s one-house budget resolutions, Housing Justice for All, a statewide coalition of more than 80 organizations that represents tenants and homeless New Yorkers, released the following statement from Cea Weaver, Coalition Director

“Last year, state leaders failed to address the housing crisis. Every part of New York State has become less affordable as a result, from rural upstate counties to New York City to Long Island. Promises of “tenant protections” or “principles of Good Cause Eviction” will not be enough for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

“We are hopeful that legislative leaders will stand up to Governor Hochul and her real estate industry donors to pass a strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction, fully fund the Housing Access Voucher Program, and reject attempts to roll back rent stabilization in the budget this year.

“As negotiations move forward, the devil will be in the details: a “swiss cheese’ Good Cause that would require localities outside of NYC to opt in and provisions that would deny tenants protections based on the size of their buildings or their landlords’ real estate portfolios would leave hundreds of thousands of tenants across our state vulnerable to predatory rent hikes and retaliatory evictions.

“The real estate industry has spent millions to block progress on addressing the housing crisis — and now they’re taking aim at undermining our historic victories in 2019 to protect rent stabilization. State leaders should reject any efforts to reopen loopholes that incentivize landlords to harass tenants and price-gouge rent stabilized tenants with impunity.

“We are grateful for both houses’ consistent support of the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP), which will help tens of thousands of families get out of the shelter system and into stable housing, while also preventing homelessness by providing rental assistance to families at risk of eviction. HAVP has the potential to grow into a consistent funding stream to support the creation and maintenance of the housing Governor Hochul aims to build, and we urge legislative leadership to fight for this common sense solution in budget negotiations.”–

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