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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.

52 State Lawmakers Reject Housing Deal That Would Gut Rent Stabilization and Good Cause Eviction

NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 1199 SEIU also blast Hochul’s proposal to weaken tenant protections amid historic housing crisis

Senate Deputy Leader, Finance Chair, Housing Chairs from both conferences join push back against changes to rent stabilization & carve-outs to Good Cause Eviction protections

ALBANY, NY – 52 state lawmakers have now joined Housing Justice for All in opposing a housing deal that would undermine rent stabilization in exchange for a weak Good Cause Eviction, growing from 38 lawmakers Wednesday morning. Recent reports suggest that at the behest of the real estate industry, Governor Hochul is proposing to exempt countless tenants from Good Cause Eviction while gutting rent stabilized tenants’ rights in the state budget. Nine protestors were arrested at the Capitol in Albany on Tuesday opposing such a deal.

“Real estate greed is driving rents to all time highs. That’s why tenants need more protections — not fewer,” said Housing Justice for All Coalition Director Cea Weaver. “Governor Hochul is pushing for a housing deal that would enrich her wealthy real estate donors while making New York City less affordable for working families. If this is the deal on the table, our legislature must reject it.”

Tenant groups warn proposed measures to hike the cap on Individual Apartment Improvements (IAIs) would ensure over 1 million rent stabilized tenant households – many of them seniors – would become targets for harassment and displacement. 

New York State is nearly 50% renter and is the epicenter of evictions, with recent data showing a 194% increase in evictions since 2022. The Legal Aid Society, which represents low income tenants in eviction proceedings, warned that Governor Hochul’s proposed version of Good Cause would make it the “weakest Good Cause law in the country” and that “her version will protect almost no tenants, allowing landlords huge loopholes to avoid the law.”

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) urged state leaders to pass Good Cause Eviction as written in a letter Wednesday, writing, “Legislators may propose a weaker version of the bill that would require municipalities outside New York City. We strongly oppose these changes to the bills – all New Yorkers deserve protection from unfair evictions.” The NAACP LDF also noted that Black New Yorkers are at higher risk of eviction and that many New York State counties with the highest eviction rates are outside of New York City, including Schenctady and Onedia counties.

1199SEIU, which represents 200,000 current and retired health care workers in New York, also issued a statement yesterday, saying, “Too many healthcare and other workers are seeing our wage gains eroded by skyrocketing housing costs. As discussions continue in Albany on a new housing package, it is vitally important to protect rent stabilization while delivering on strong new protections that will keep New Yorkers housed. Trading one set of tenant protections for another won’t address the affordability crisis facing New York working families.”

Over a dozen New York City elected officials including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Comptroller Brad Lander, and City Council Members Sandy Nurse, Gail Brewer, and Pierina Sanchez held a press conference yesterday opposing the proposed deal and calling for Good Cause Eviction as written. New York City Council Member Sandy Nurse re-introduced a resolution calling for Good Cause Eviction as written, with over 20 of her colleagues already signed on.

Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), also called for statewide, strong Good Cause Eviction in an Op-Ed in City Limits on Tuesday, noting that for unions, “the gains that we have won [at the bargaining table] are steadily being eroded by the skyrocketing cost of housing.”

On Inside City Hall on Tuesday night, New York Working Families Party Co-Director Jasmine Gripper said, “We do not want legislators to pat themselves on the back or the Governor to pass a deal that screws tenants or lessens or weakens the tenant protections we had in 2019…not any deal will do if developers are just getting tax write-offs that we’re paying for and tenants are getting screwed and pushed out of their communities”

Tuesday, Syracuse elected officials and labor unions held a press conference calling for statewide Good Cause Eviction protections, opposing an opt-in model which would be likely to deny at least 67% of New York State renters (872,238 households) outside of New York City the right to fight unjust evictions and unreasonable rent hikes.

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Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris: “Our 2019 rent reforms are among the most significant and proudest achievements of our Democratic majority, and we will not undo them as we continue to seek protections for additional New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet amid record-high rent increases. The people of this great state deserve no less than our full efforts to protect all tenants, not pit one group of renters against another.”

Senate Finance Committee Chair Senator Liz Krueger: “Undoing the 2019 rent regulation reforms would inevitably lead to increased housing costs, evictions, tenant harassment, and homelessness. We are in office to create more affordable housing and protect families and communities, not the opposite.  We must preserve rent regulation and enact statewide Good Cause Eviction protections to provide stability for New Yorkers facing an unprecedented housing crisis.”

Senate Housing Committee Chair Senator Brian Kavanagh: “We enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act in 2019 as a long needed correction to years of abuses among some unscrupulous landlords, and to protect rent regulated housing as a source of stable affordable housing for millions of New Yorkers. As we seek to negotiate a truly comprehensive package of legislation and necessary budgetary investments to address the crises of evictions, foreclosures, unaffordability, homelessness, and inadequate housing supply, we cannot sacrifice the critical interests of one set of New Yorkers in order to achieve gains for others.”

Assembly Housing Committee Chair Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal: “Rolling back hard-won tenant protections in the midst of a homelessness, eviction and affordability crisis defies common sense. Thousands of New Yorkers, including many of my own constituents, are fleeing the state for more affordable housing markets, making our battle to end the practice of rental price gouging and baseless evictions even more important. In this budget, we have an opportunity to not only build housing for generations to come, but to also extend a helping hand to the tens of thousands of everyday New Yorkers who are fighting tooth and nail to stay in their homes. I will continue to be a steadfast voice for all tenants in the New York State Assembly and will do everything possible to protect people living in both regulated and market rate housing in this year’s budget.”

Senator Julia Salazar, Lead Senate Sponsor of Good Cause: “Strengthening tenant protections requires that we build on the success of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act by passing Good Cause eviction. Significantly increasing IAI limits, resulting in high rent increases on rent-stabilized units, would be an unacceptable step backward. More than a million working New Yorkers are counting on us to not only hold the line, but also move the ball downfield.”

Assemblymember Pamela Hunter, Lead Assembly Sponsor of Good Cause: “Housing is an absolute necessity and the protections tenants rely on everyday should not be undermined or bargained away. New Yorkers should feel secure in their homes and in the face of major housing instability we should be providing more protections instead of undermining what is already there.”

Senator Jabari Brisport: “My community is one of the most rapidly gentrifying communities in Brooklyn. I represent rent stabilized tenants and unregulated households who are both struggling to hang onto their housing in the face of extreme pressure from their landlords. I will not pit one set of my constituents against another: our state budget must include strong good cause eviction protections and no rollbacks to the IAI system.” 

Senator Samra Brouk: “Today and every day, I’m proud to stand in solidarity with tenants and in support of tenant protections. In my community of Rochester, more than 60% of all households rent—and more than half of those are rent-burdened. New York cannot afford to undo previously established rent regulation laws, and we must remain focused on expanding our support for tenants by passing Good Cause Eviction. Our homes are the foundation of the rest of our lives—and we have an obligation to ensure that every New Yorker has a quality, affordable, and safe place to live.”

Senator Cordell Cleare: “In 2019, we passed the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act to provide a baseline of reforms and fairness; therefore—it is not only our obligation to keep the HSTPA whole, but to build upon it in every meaningful way. I cannot fathom that anyone would want to bring back vacancy bonus or IAIs in any form or fashion whatsoever. It is a non-starter; it’s not only a No; it’s a Hell No! Instead, we must build upon the good framework of the HSTPA and pass Good Cause Eviction this year. Everyone deserves the simple, yet vital protections afforded by Good Cause because housing is a human right.”

Senator Kristen Gonzalez: “The real estate industry’s efforts to raise IAI caps are a direct attack on tenant protections. As representatives of the people, we cannot stand by as these changes threaten the affordability and stability of housing. Protecting rent stabilization and strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction protections are the only path forward.”

Senator Pete Harckham: “The affordable housing crisis in New York calls for responsible policies that help keep New Yorkers in their homes. Enacting tenant protections is necessary to uphold the basic rights of tenants and ensure the stabilization of our communities statewide. It’s a matter of putting people first to keep their lives from being upended.”

Senator Michelle Hinchey: “We are in the middle of the worst housing crisis in recent history, and families in the Hudson Valley and across our state are being priced out of their communities. We need a comprehensive, statewide housing solution that creates more affordable housing options and protects our existing affordable rental stock so every New Yorker can have a safe and stable place to call home.”

Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal: “Every New Yorker deserves a safe, stable, and affordable home. Now is the time to stand firm on housing justice, which includes rejecting proposals to change IAI regulations, pushing for Good Cause Eviction in this year’s budget, and ensuring that the protections afforded under the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 remain strong and in place. I am grateful to the Working Families Party and Housing Justice for all for their continued efforts to encourage the legislature and governor to do more to address our city’ housing crisis.”

Senator Robert Jackson: “Protecting tenants from exorbitant rent increases is crucial. Any changes to IAI regulations that threaten this protection are unacceptable. We need a strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction law to safeguard our constituents’ rights to affordable housing – and we must protect the rights rent stabilized tenants already have.”

Senator Shelley Mayer: “Access to quality affordable rental and cooperative housing is the most pressing issue for constituents in my district. Every day, working residents facing rising rents or eviction reach out to my office, desperate for affordable rental housing in Westchester that works for them. Too often, we simply cannot help them because frankly, we cannot find alternative rentals that they can afford. I’m committed to a robust, pro-housing agenda that addresses the pressing need for affordable rental housing for working New Yorkers and seniors desiring to stay in our state.”

Senator Zellnor Myrie: “In 2019, I fought hard with my neighbors and colleagues from across the state to finally protect tenants after decades of attacks on stability in rapidly gentrifying communities. We cannot go back. No matter who your landlord is, you deserve a stable home.”

Senator Jessica Ramos: “Efforts to raise IAI caps are misguided and harmful. As public servants, our priority is the well-being of our constituents, not the profit margins of the real estate industry. We advocate for the preservation of rent stabilization and the passage of statewide Good Cause Eviction protections to keep our communities stable and thriving.”

Senator Gustavo Rivera: “Amidst an affordable housing crisis, the proposal to alter IAI regulations puts rent-stabilized tenants at severe risk for displacement. It is our responsibility to protect tenants statewide, not the real estate industry’s profits. We must reject these changes and affirm our commitment to a strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction law to protect tenants from unjust evictions and rent hikes.”

Senator Jose Serrano: “New York is facing a housing crisis and it is more important than ever to uphold the landmark tenant protections from the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 without sacrificing tenant stabilization efforts. As the Senator for the 29th Senate district, we know stable housing is the key to breaking the devastating cycles of eviction. We must ensure every New Yorker has access to a safe, quality, and affordable place to live.”

Senator Lea Webb: “We must stand firm on housing justice and protect our most vulnerable citizens. People across New York are struggling with skyrocketing cost of living while still recovering from the financial burdens caused by the pandemic. It is crucial that we increase quality and affordable housing and strengthen tenant protections.”

Assemblyman George Alvarez: “I firmly oppose any proposals that weaken tenant protections or prioritize profits over people. We must prioritize the well-being of our constituents and ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing.”

Assemblymember Khaleel Anderson: “A housing shortage is not an excuse to compromise the rights of New Yorkers seeking housing. Tenants deserve a bold and comprehensive housing plan along with robust protections. I stand in solidarity with Housing Justice for All, communities, and my state lawmakers in support of Good Cause Eviction Protections and against the changes to the Individual Apartment Improvement (IAI) cap for rent stabilized apartments.”

Assemblymember Chris Burdick: “Decent and affordable housing is a fundamental human need. I will continue to fight for a NYS budget that fulfills this need.  We cannot allow yet more of the most vulnerable to become homeless. We can and must do better.” 

Assemblymember Robert Carroll: “I was proud to support the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and strongly oppose any rollbacks. We should be extending tenant protections at the same time that we make the necessary investments to prevent homelessness and displacement.”

Assemblymember Monique Chandler-Waterman: “Housing is a basic human right. As we prioritize tenants and small community based homeowners we want to ensure that we make decisions that best serve our community members. We should feel stable, safe and secure in our own home. We should not have to wonder if we will receive an eviction notice while still working 3 or 4 jobs or facing foreclosure. Or make the choice between healthy groceries, prescribed medication, or paying rent or the mortgage. Our government is falling short in providing safe, quality housing, as a basic human right. The crisis we face is crippling AND we have misplaced priorities. As it currently stands large landlords have the ability to pass on up to 15,000 in renovation cost to tenants. We want to ensure that tenants can afford their rent. Anything that causes more undue financial burden to tenants is not fair. This is a multi-layered issue that requires a multifaceted approach. I will continue to work with agencies like NYS Homes and Community Renewal and organizations like NYCC, NHS, to support programs to continue to support our tenants and small community based homeowners.”

Assemblymember Brian Cunningham: “Trading one set of tenant protections for another will set us backwards amidst a historic housing crisis. Renters in my district and around the state are struggling to keep up with rising rents being pushed out of our communities. No matter who your landlord is, you deserve a stable home. As elected officials, it’s our duty to protect our constituents from unfair rent increases. We must preserve rent stabilization – and expand tenant protections.”

Assemblywoman Maritza Davila: “Protecting our communities means safeguarding every tenant, not trading one protection for another. As we oppose changes to rent stabilization, let’s remember: seniors on fixed incomes can’t bear the burden of increased costs. Our focus should be on creating more affordable housing and fortifying tenant protections, not eroding them.”

Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz: “The HSTPA of 2019 was a transformative law to protect tenants in New York and to help keep apartments affordable, There must not be backsliding. Any housing agreement must protect rent regulated tenants as well as those who currently are not rent regulated. If we are truly committed to creating and keeping affordable housing, then we must not allow one side to get all the benefits. We must protect all tenants!”

Assemblymember Harvey Epstein: “In 2019, after dozens of rallies, attending hearings all over the state and after decades of losing rent stabilized housing stock due to laws tilted in owners’ favor, we restored balance, including by reining in the broken IAI system, which served to increase rents on struggling tenants with the end goal of deregulating units. I am standing with my many rent stabilized constituents in opposing the weakening of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act which we fought so hard for in 2019. We can’t sacrifice our protections for rent stabilized housing even though we also need protections for market rate tenants in the form of good cause eviction legislation. We need both.”

Assemblymember Emily Gallagher: “I represent a district where rents have increased by nearly 40 percent since 2020.  People are struggling to stay in their homes and communities.  This budget must include stronger tenant protections like Good Cause, not rolling back the lifeline provided by the 2019 laws that put a target on the back of rent stabilized tenants.  Let’s comprehensively address the housing crisis, not make it worse.” 

Assemblymember Deborah Glick: “We must ensure that tenant protections remain in place as the ever increasing cost of housing is driving people from their homes. If we want stable communities we need people to be able to remain in their housing without the threat of exorbitant and unwarranted rent increases. The wave of gentrification keeps pushing people out of their homes and adding to homelessness among working low income New Yorkers. To trade some tenant protections while losing others is not the way to support strong neighborhoods.”

Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas: “Our communities deserve safe, affordable housing, not policies that prioritize profits over people. Changing the rules on IAIs undermines this goal and rolls back the success of the 2019 Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. I support tenants in their call to protect rent stabilization and pass robust, statewide Good Cause Eviction protections.”

Assemblymember Anna Kelles: “Yes, the population of the state has been in decline for decades but they aren’t the rich. The people being forced to leave our state are working class people who more and more cannot afford to buy homes because wages have been flat for decades and cost of living has been on a steady rise. If we do not put strong guardrails around the rental industry we will not be able to reverse this trend and all New Yorkers will suffer the consequences of a continued worker shortage and destabilized economy. Good cause eviction laws and protecting the current IAI caps are the necessary guardrails that will keep our families housed and stable.”

Assemblymember Grace Lee: “It is my priority to uplift New Yorkers, not to help private developers protect their bottom line. Proposals to change IAI regulations threaten to increase rents and displace tenants. We must promote safe, affordable housing in New York, not roll back existing protections for tenants. I stand with Housing Justice For All to call for a budget that supports tenants through Good Cause Eviction.

Assemblymember Dana Levenberg: “The debate on IAI regulations is a test of our commitment to tenant protections. We must oppose any changes that threaten the affordability of housing and support statewide Good Cause Eviction laws that prevent displacement.”

Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani: “Raising the cap on Individual Apartment Improvements (IAIs) will only serve to put a target on the backs of rent-stabilized tenants across our city. Now is the time to strengthen tenant protections across the board, not create new loopholes for landlords to price out our constituents.”

Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes: “In solidarity with tenants, we reject any proposals to weaken tenant protections through changes to IAIs. Our focus must remain on moving forwarding, not backward, by passing statewide Good Cause Eviction laws to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe, affordable place to call home.”

Assemblymember Steve Otis: “We are experiencing an affordable housing crisis in New York affecting every region of the state. The state budget must include increased financial support for affordable units, incentives to increase supply, and tenant protections that prevent families from being forced out of their homes.” 

Assemblymember Steve Raga: “During these challenging times, when our communities are grappling with this unprecedented housing crisis, it’s crucial we stand firm in our commitment to housing justice. The proposal to adjust IAIs is not merely a policy change—it’s a threat to the very fabric of our neighborhoods, risking the displacement of countless New Yorkers. I am fully dedicated to maintaining current rent stabilization protections while simultaneously enacting comprehensive, statewide Good Cause Eviction. Both are crucial to safeguard the right of every New Yorker to have a stable, affordable, and safe home.”

Assemblymember Karines Reyes: “As a member of the Assembly that voted for the 2019 Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act, I am deeply concerned by efforts to rollback any of the important wins that tenants have secured in New York after decades of inaction. I believe that our reforms to IAIs have protected tenants from unconscionable rent increases, while ensuring that landlords fulfill their responsibilities to maintain and improve conditions on their properties. I am hopeful that we can move away from the existing IAI proposal and enact substantial reforms like Good Cause that build on critical protections for my constituents.”

Assemblymember Manny de los Santos: “We must not back down from defending the protections of IAIs – and we must expand tenant protections by passing statewide Good Cause Eviction to ensure everyone has access to stable and affordable housing.”

Assemblymember MaryJane Shimsky: “Efforts to increase the supply of housing that is affordable for our working families is doomed to failure if we treat tenant protections as a zero-sum game. We are in the midst of a historic shortage of affordable housing — expanding tenant protections must be included on the list of solutions.”

Assemblymember Sarahana Shrestha: “It’s become abundantly clear in this year’s housing negotiations that the real estate industry is unwilling to make a deal in which tenants are truly protected; that they will continue to use their seat at the table to weaken existing laws, such as caps on IAI, and do whatever is in their power to undermine new protections like Good Cause Eviction by introducing caveats that render them ineffective. Housing is in a crisis all over the state, and nearly 55% of Hudson Valley tenants are paying over a third of their income on rent. It’s time to get serious about passing statewide policies that protect all tenants.”

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon: “Housing is a human right, not a luxury for the few. Amidst an affordable housing crisis, it’s unconscionable that the real estate lobby is proposing to drastically alter IAI regulations which would increase rents and displace tenants. We must uphold our rent stabilization laws and pass a strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction law to protect New Yorkers from homelessness and undue financial strain.”

Assemblymember Tony Simone: “I represent a district with an enormous wealth gap, from the towers of Billionaire’s Row to seniors on a fixed income, rent stabilized tenants and those struggling to survive in the unregulated market. We’re in a housing crisis, and trading protections from one set of tenants for another is not the way to keep families stable in their communities.”

Assemblymember Michaelle Solages: “Securing housing justice should be a priority as many Long Islanders and New Yorkers statewide struggle to find affordable housing. Proposals to change IAI regulations would only exacerbate the housing crisis. We must preserve rent stabilization and pass statewide Good Cause Eviction laws to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Everyone deserves safe, accessible, and affordable housing in the communities they grew up in.”

Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest: “In the fight for housing justice, rolling back protections against unjust rent increases is a step in the wrong direction. We stand with tenants in calling for the passage of strong, statewide Good Cause Eviction and for resisting changes to IAIs that would displace hardworking New Yorkers.”

Assemblymember Yudelka Tapia: “Rolling back IAI regulations would be a step backward in our fight for housing equity. We must uphold rent stabilization and tenant protections that protect tenants from being priced out of their homes.”

Assemblymember Al Taylor: “As legislators, we have a fundamental duty to uphold the rights and dignity of all New Yorkers, especially when it comes to housing. The proposed changes to tenant protections, particularly regarding Individual Apartment Improvements (IAIs) and Good Cause Eviction, are deeply concerning. In the face of a growing homelessness and eviction crisis, it defies logic to consider rolling back the hard-won gains of the 2019 Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. Our communities deserve better. We must prioritize the well-being of tenants over the profits of landlords. I remain committed to fighting for tenant protections and affordable housing for all New Yorkers.”

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker: “I stand firmly against a potential increase in the Individual Apartment Improvement (AI) cap for tenants of rent-stabilized units. We must preserve hard-fought rent reforms and seek protections for New Yorkers. We are in the midst of the worst housing crisis in recent history and our focus as lawmakers should not only be to create more housing, but also to protect tens of thousands of current tenants who live every day with the very real fear of rent increases they can’t afford, evictions without good cause, and even homelessness. I will continue to fight for every New Yorker who needs a safe and stable place to call home.”

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