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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.

STATEMENT: Housing Justice for All Slams Governor Hochul’s Budget Announcement 

Hochul’s Good Cause Proposal Would Be Worst In the Country, Excluding at Least 2.8 Million Tenants From Basic Protections

NEW YORK – In response to Governor Hochul’s announcement of a “conceptual agreement” for  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

“Governor Hochul is pushing through a housing deal written by the real estate industry to ensure they keep getting richer off the backs of hardworking tenants. Instead of protecting their constituents, our state leaders are allowing the foxes inside the hen house. 

“Hochul’s Good Cause would be the weakest in the country as well as essentially unenforceable, denying millions of renters across the state basic protections from unfair rent hikes and evictions. The proposed changes to rent stabilization would put a target on the backs of rent stabilized tenants across the state, incentivizing landlords to harass them out of their homes to increase their profits. 

“And this housing deal lacks a single dollar to help homeless New Yorkers move out of shelters into stable housing or to address the dire need for basic living standards for the more than half a million New Yorkers living in public housing across the state.

“This sham of a housing deal will do absolutely nothing to make housing more affordable and keep New Yorkers in their homes. It is nothing more than a massive giveaway to the real estate industry.”

BACKGROUND:

Earlier today, Housing Justice for All released a new analysis based on details of a housing deal that emerged Friday, finding that the proposed 2024 State Budget will deny millions of renters across New York State basic protections from rent hikes and evictions, while also decimating current protections for rent stabilized tenants. The proposed exclusions and exemptions would make Governor Hochul’s version of Good Cause the worst in the country.

Tenants disrupted the Assembly Conference today to call on state leaders to stand with tenants and reject this housing deal. Tenants also protested the housing deal in front of Governor Hochul’s office in New York City this morning.

Specifically, the deal:

  • Guts Good Cause by making enforcement impossible: Requires tenants to know the size of their landlords portfolio — data that is impossible to find — effectively making the law unusable and meaningless.
  • Excludes at least 2.8 million tenants – over 70% of whom Good Cause was originally designed to cover – from tenant “protections” by excluding: tenants outside NYC; all buildings built after 2009; all new buildings for 30 years; all households that pay more than ~$5,000/month; tenants living in portfolio sizes of fewer than 11 units; tenants living in owner-occupied buildings of fewer than 9 units.
  • Rolls back 2019 rent laws: Incentivizes landlords to push out over 1 million rent stabilized households in order to raise rents by almost $200 a month per unit, resulting in a wealth transfer of at least $1.5 billion from rent stabilized tenants to real estate over 5 years 
  • Abandons homeless New Yorkers in shelters: Despite support for the Housing Access Voucher Program from homeless groups, social service providers, and even real estate, this budget does not include a single dollar to move homeless New Yorkers out of shelters into stable housing.
  • Delivers multi-million dollar tax breaks to developers through the revival of 421-a, costing New Yorkers nearly $2 billion annually in forgone tax revenue to build housing most New Yorkers cannot afford.

The proposal was widely blasted by members of Congress, tenants groups, lawmakers, and housing policy experts when details emerged last Friday.

Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “Everyone deserves stable and affordable housing. This deal won’t protect tenants from evictions or rent hikes. We must do better to address the housing crisis in New York.”

Representative Nydia Velázquez said, “This deal will leave too many tenants without vital protections against evictions and rent hikes. We need a housing package that addresses the housing crisis and doesn’t leave families behind.”

State Senator Kristen Gonzalez said “I ran for office as a lifelong renter to bring justice to tenants who have been feeling the squeeze of rising rents for years. This version of a housing deal would exclude most of the rent burdened tenants in my district. We have to keep on fighting.”

Paul Williams, Executive Director of the Center for Public Enterprise said: “The issue with “portfolio size” policymaking is that multifamily housing is less and less owned by individuals and more and more owned by LLCs and trusts, which makes this largely unenforceable on its face.”

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Housing Justice for All is a statewide coalition of more than 80 organizations representing tenants and homeless New Yorkers, united in our fight for housing as a human right.

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