STATEMENT: Housing Justice for All Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Tossing Rent Stabilization Challenges

New York  – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear two cases on New York’s rent stabilization system, effectively ending real estate’s challenge to the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and ensuring that rent stabilization will continue to keep New York families in their homes. 

The decision comes as a rent stabilization wave grows across Upstate New York; over the past two years, Kingston and Newburgh opted in to rent stabilization, and now Albany, Rochester, and Ithaca are poised to join them.

The statement below can be attributed to Cea Weaver, Campaign Coordinator of Housing Justice for All: 

“Today the United States Supreme Court has confirmed what we’ve known all along: rent stabilization is here to stay. For decades, New York’s rent stabilization system has kept hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in their homes, even as market pressures increase. 

“The decision from the Supreme Court to deny certification sends a clear message to the real estate industry: No matter how hard they try to undermine rent stabilization behind the scenes, rent stabilized tenants are organized and will continue to fight for their homes – in the courts, in Albany, and every day in tenants unions in their neighborhoods. 

“The solution to New York’s housing crisis is more stability for renters: too many tenants in unregulated private rentals still live in constant fear of the next rent hike or eviction. Our state must ensure that every New Yorker has a safe, stable home by passing statewide Good Cause Eviction protections and continuing to strengthen and expand rent stabilization for New Yorkers. 

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