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Re: Rent Regulation Renewal

Posted by TenantNet on January 14, 1997 at 07:42:00:

In Reply to: Rent Regulation Renewal posted by MikeW on January 13, 1997 at 23:54:21:

: Does anyone have any inside information on what's happening with the renewal of the
: rent laws. I've read whats been said in the papers (Bruno's comments Et Al,) but
: I figure most of that is posturing. I asked State Senator Roy Goodman about
: this during last year's campaign, but go nothing of substance. Does anyone have
: any idea if the current laws will get through the Senate more or less intact,
: or are they history?

You're right, right now a lot of it is hysteria and posturing --
mostly to allow Pataki to appear in the middle and to allow
NY Assembly Speaker Shel Silver to appear as a friend of tenants
(which is not too believable given the Real Estate money the
Democratic Political Action Committees rake in). But in the end
it is expected he will compromise to a further serious weakening
of the rent laws unless tenants send him a message. Silver is
the key and he does have the power to hold the line, but it
seems unlikely to most insiders that he will do so.

If you're aware of what has happened, in 1993 the laws were
weakened with the High Rent/High Income Decontrol. Given that
both the Cuomo and now Pataki administrations undermined DHCR
where it's nothing but a shell catering to landlords, you
sometimes have to wonder if it makes sense supporting a
bureaucracy that hurts you. To make things worse, many of
the "regular" Democrat politicans who may vote the right
way and give good speeches, nonetheless are doing nothing
when it comes to putting themselves on the line for their
constituents' homes and shelter. Do you really expect that
they would? Many of the downstate Dems are committee chairmen
with big offices and big staffs. Would they risk losing those
by bucking the Democratic leadership to do the right thing?
So in the end they refuse to deal with the abuses of DHCR and
Housing Court. Goodman knows where his bread is buttered
(who is constituents are) and historically the Republican
Party has allowed him to do this.

The politicans (particularly the so-called liberal Democrats)
will not make things work until tenants force them to do so,
and they know tenants have not been hurt enough. As long as
the party can maintain the fiction that there's a bureaucracy
that will protect them, they and their power base (the party) will
keep their jobs -- which is what it's about in the end from
their perspective.

Don't pack your bags yet, it is expected the laws will stay in
place, but in an almost meaningless fashion.

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