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Re: City Council Speaker Vallone's refusal to allow the Rent Stabilization bill to be introduced

Posted by TenantNet on February 28, 1997 at 02:18:15:

In Reply to: Re: City Council Speaker Vallone's refusal to allow the Rent Stabilization bill to be introduced posted by Dottie on February 28, 1997 at 01:10:36:

: I did call today and whoever answered claimed that Vallone does want
to extend the rent laws and he also does want to keep lucury decontrol
in effect--the business of if you pay $2,000 and make over $250,000,
you get decontrolled. Anwyay, that's what his office is saying. I'd be
interested if there's any news to the contrary.

I would expect his office to put that spin on the issue -- of course it's
not the proposal on the table. There are two types of decontrol pursuant
to the Rent Regulation "Reform" Act of 1993 as extended in Local Law 4
of 1994 by the NYC Council which Vallone and his aide Joe Strasburg
(by the time the vote was taken Strasburg had taken over as head of the
Rent Stabilziation Association) spearheaded. This reopened the temporary
three-month decontrol NYS legislature provisions and made them permanent.
Other than "high rent" decontrol, i.e., when the income is over $250,000
AND the unit rents for more than $2,000, which allows immediate decontrol,
there is also the separate "high rent" provision which allows decontrol
on the next vacancy if only one condition is met -- high rent over $2,000.
DHCR has illegally extended that to rents under $2,000 if the owner claims
the rent is over $2,000 pursuant to alleged improvements and will not
scrutinize how it got there in the first place. This is the provision that
has devestated so many tenants because it will decontrol a unit NO MATTER
WHAT ONE's INCOME IS and many in City Council have expressed support in
repealing, and which Vallone is blocking from even having a fair
hearing. This is part of the rent renewal law that is being introduced
by Michaels and Fields, and which Vallone is blocking.

Vallone is working hand-in-hand with the landlords on this and to help
his former aide Joe Strasburg.

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