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The Real Estate Lobby’s Open Door in Albany

The Real Estate Lobby’s Open Door in Albany

Lobbying disclosure data shows that top real estate organizations spent $13.56 million on lobbyists from 2019-2023. Over the last five years, the real estate industry’s lobbying activity focused on opposing Good Cause eviction protections rather than on policies to advance the production of housing. Albany lawmakers, legislative staff, and members of the Executive Chamber staff kept an open door to real estate, data shows they were lobbied thousands of times during the past five years.
No Shelter, No Safety: How Rising Evictions in New York Could Pose a Risk to Public Safety— And How Eviction Prevention is Violence Prevention

No Shelter, No Safety: How Rising Evictions in New York Could Pose a Risk to Public Safety— And How Eviction Prevention is Violence Prevention

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which initially put upwards of 40 million households across the U.S. at risk of eviction, new social science research has been seeking to clarify the relationships between eviction, the household-level hardships that surround eviction, and the impacts of eviction on community-level processes and outcomes, especially as they relate to neighborhood social ties and public safety.
Pay to Play: How Real Estate Money is Leaving New York Tenants in the Dust

Pay to Play: How Real Estate Money is Leaving New York Tenants in the Dust

New York’s powerful real estate industry is engaged in parallel fights to block legislation that would require landlords to have good cause for evicting tenants and to retain a controversial property tax exemption that costs New York City residents billions of dollars annually without meaningfully expanding affordable housing.
Governor Cuomo’s Obstruction & Renters’ Injustice

Governor Cuomo’s Obstruction & Renters’ Injustice

Tenant Protection Act of 2019, Governor Cuomo is has stalled implementation.
MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: AN UNJUST SYSTEM THAT ENRICHES LANDLORDS AT THE EXPENSE OF RENT-BURDENED NEW YORKERS

MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS: AN UNJUST SYSTEM THAT ENRICHES LANDLORDS AT THE EXPENSE OF RENT-BURDENED NEW YORKERS

Major Capital Improvement (MCI) increases are one of several tactics that landlords exploit to raise rents and drive displacement. With monthly MCI rent hikes as high as $800 per apartment, the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance urges Albany to stand with tenants and eliminate MCI rent increases.
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