Rent Fight Has Long History
New York Daily News, June 16, 19971920 — The city's first rent law gives tenants the right to challenge "unjust, unreasonable and oppressive" increases. Law ends in 1929.
1943 — President Franklin D. Roosevelt places rents under federal control.
1947 — The federal government makes existing buildings subject to continued regulation.
1949 — Washington lets states take over federal rent regulations.
1953 — State lawmakers enact limited rent decontrol and approve a 15% across-the-board rent increase.
1958 — New York's first luxury decontrol law passes, covering about 600 apartments.
1962 — City wins authority over rent-controlled units in the five boroughs.
1964 — An additional 5,000 "high-rent" apartments are decontrolled.
1969 — City board creates rent-stabilization system.
1970 — New city program establishes formula to compute maximum rent for controlled apartments.
1971 — State lawmakers approve vacancy decontrol.
1974 — State repeals vacancy decontrol and creates state rent stabilization.
1993 — State lawmakers enact vacancy decontrol for apartments renting for $2,000 or more and immediate decontrol for tenants with income exceeding $250,000 and rent more than $2,000 a month.