Posted by Nick on January 28, 1999 at 18:29:10:
I would just like to say that I think rent regulations stinks! I just moved up here and guess what, I pay too much in rent to get the benefits of rent regulation. Only those who are getting bargains in the first place get the protections and benefits of rent control and stabilization. People in my building in Manhattan who pay far less than me have all the protections, while I have none. That's idiotic. All I'm doing is subsidizing their bargain-basement rents. Anyone got a good reason for excluding me from the system? My attitude is, if I don't get the benefits of rent regulation, no one should. These other tenants aren't any more deserving than I, make more than I do, and have higher net worths. Before all you controlled and stabilized Chosen of God start complaining, let me point out that I am NOT a landlord, that I believe that most NYC landlords are scum, and that most tenants are decent people. It's the SYSTEM that stinks. It just forces up rents on unregulated apartments for the benefits of a few (of the millions of people in NYC, only a minority get the benefits of rent regulation. By the way, the idea that someone can inherit a controlled or stabilized apartment is assinine. This just makes more apartments unavailable to me. To sum it up, if I can't get the benefits of rent regulation, why should I give a damn whether others do? It's too bad NY State didn't abolish the system when they had a chance. If I'm still paying market rents when renewing rent regulation comes up again, I'll be all in favor of scrapping the whole system. As for all the poor tenants who will face sharply increased rents, well hell, let them pay the same rent I do if they have the same apartment.
Any of you reticent New Yorkers possibly have any thoughts on this?
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