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Bring Rent Stabilization Upstate

Rent control is a critical tool for cities across the state to immediately stabilize housing prices and strengthen our neighborhoods. From Albany to Rochester and across the Hudson Valley, tenants are organizing to bring rent stabilization to our communities.

  • Stop displacement.
  • Keep rents from outpacing our incomes.
  • Strengthen our neighborhoods.
Newburgh City Council Votes for Rent Stabilization
Newburgh, NY tenants and City Council Members after the vote for rent stabilization on December 18, 2023.

New York’s Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) is a state law that enables localities to regulate rents in buildings with 6 or more units built before 1974. With rent stabilization, each year, a local Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) made up of tenants, property owners, and public representatives votes on the rate of allowed rent adjustment for eligible buildings. This system, already in place in 41 municipalities across New York State, protects tenants from excessive rent increases while ensuring that property owners receive a fair return on their investment. Rent stabilization gives tenants protections against evictions without a good cause, guarantees lease renewals, and empowers renters to secure repairs and maintenance.

NYS municipalities already have rent stabilization
%
of rental units statewide are unregulated
%
of New York State tenants are rent-burdened
K
Residential Eviction Filings in NYS in 2023
%
of Unregulated Renters are People of Color
  1. Tenants get organized! 
  2. The city must conduct a vacancy study to determine if it qualifies for a housing emergency declaration under the ETPA.
  3. If the vacancy rate is under 5%, the city can declare a housing emergency and opt into rent stabilization. Rents in eligible buildings are immediately frozen at their current rates when a city opts in to the program.
  4. The city appoints a Rent Guidelines Board made up of two tenant representatives, two property owner representatives, and five public representatives with expertise in housing or economic issues.
  5. The Rent Guidelines Board holds a public hearing to hear from tenants (and landlords) about their economic conditions, before voting on a rent adjustment for one- and two-year leases.

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