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Re: Follow up to 'Rent Control Question of the Day'

Posted by TenantNet on April 09, 1997 at 23:08:15:

In Reply to: Follow up to 'Rent Control Question of the Day' posted by Michael Wolffs on April 09, 1997 at 22:05:12:

: Suppose a compromise was offered by Joe Bruno
: that would keep rent regulation in some weakened form (lowered
: limits for 'Luxury' decontrol, Vacancy Decontrol, take your pick)
: but kept core protection for most current tenents in their current
: apartments. In the face of possible, and even probable, non-renewal,
: would you support (Grudgingly) such a compromise. This is all assuming
: that the tenent lobby can't pull off a clean win (full renewal). I know
: this is the desired result, but it may be time to consider how to deal
: with less desireable alternatives.

Good question. If you've had much experience in the system, you would know
that for the most part the system has been already so undermined that it is
merely a voluntary system. Many landlords know they can get away with anything
and nothing will be done (except in rare cases). The system was terribly weakened
in 1993 where we lost over 40,000 units (they just disappeared with DHCR
not even keeping track). We've said all along that the Democratic script is
to plan for a compromise and to create a panic so when there is a compromise
tenants will be fooled into thinking they were actually saved. This is the
football that Silver and his fellow Dems are tossing: keeping the onus off of
them. Even some of the traditional larger tenant groups can't understand this
or are in denial. If there is such a compromise, which we fully understand the
reality that this might come to pass whether or not we have any control over it,
it won't be with tenants approval or acquiesance. We hold the Dems responsible
for any further weakening of the system.

: This is not a theoretical question. This is VERY likely how things
will play out.

I agree, but what we can do is let those responsible know there is
a price.

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