"It's like a sieve on the Upper West Side," says one New York City Council member. "We're just losing them hand over fist."
Reportedly, he couldn't be reached for comment.
From January 2013 to June 2015, over 450,000 eviction cases were filed in New York City. Many of these evictions are linked to the ease with which landlords can get around rent stabilization laws, thanks to a 1994 law.
Since the law passed, apartment rents in the city drastically increased, making them unaffordable for many people, typically those who are older and less affluent. The law allows landlords to charge market rates when a rent stabilized rent increases to a certain amount (currently $2700/month) when tenants move out. This process is called vacancy decontrol.
Every human being has the same basic needs. Food, clothing and shelter are among the most fundamental.
But, in New York City's often-brutal rental market, securing adequate shelter is harder than it needs to be. Landlords push illegal evictions on tenants, knowing their renters don't have the resources to challenge them. Mayor Bill DeBlasio's administration is working to put an end to this.
Talk about broad-based relevance to a targeted audience in a graduate thesis project.
As is made eminently clear in a recent news report focusing on rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, landlords' creativity is on clear display when it comes to their attempts to outs tenants and jack up the rent.
We recently pointed to an embattled New York City housing program, noting that many landlords participating in it are "reaping a one-sided advantage."
Candidly, "may" might not be the appropriate word that reporters in a recent investigative piece are looking for.
Reportedly, "no one was picking up the phone" at any of the several New York City properties of a landlord who was prominently cited in a recent media report.
Renters looking for affordable housing in New York City know that it's a difficult task. People can spend years searching for an affordable place to live, especially if they confine their search to a particular neighborhood.
The city provides some options to make the process easier, however. NYC Housing Connect is a website that helps renters find affordable apartments. The site is run by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The services it provides include:
- Current and future affordable housing listings
- Online application for affordable housing
- Information about qualifying for affordable housing
- Information about the lottery process