A vote by the city’s Lease Pointers Board on Thursday set the stage for what might very properly be the biggest rent hikes in a decade for the Giant Apple’s virtually 1 million rent-controlled residences.
In a preliminary 5-4 vote, the board licensed rent will enhance inside the range of two to 4 % for one-year leases and 4 to 6 % for two-year leases.
If the board’s closing vote falls inside these ranges, they’d account for crucial hikes since 2013, when the board beneath then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg licensed 4 % will enhance for one-year leases and 7.75 % for two-year leases.
The range set was not as large as some tenant advocates feared or landlord groups were hoping for — after a board report estimated householders would need will enhance of as a lot as 9 % on two-year leases to make costs.
Nonetheless the Approved Help Society stays to be pushing for a “wholesale freeze” when the board makes its closing vote subsequent month, the group acknowledged in an announcement.
“We condemn the Board for voting to increase rents on some of our most vulnerable neighbors, people from low-income communities of color, especially when New Yorkers are still reeling financially from the pandemic and the local unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the country,” acknowledged Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of the civil observe.
“Tonight’s vote ignores that blatant reality. However, the Board can still vote for a freeze come June, and we encourage members to listen to the cries from tenants, our clients mired in the Hobson’s choice between groceries, medical needs and other essentials, and paying rent.”
Neighborhood Housing Enchancment Program, an possession group, blasted the board for not following the ranges in its private report and acknowledged the hikes have been wished not for earnings nonetheless to keep up up with rising costs and maintenance.
“Housing has costs. The RGB spends a lot of time and energy calculating those costs,” Jay Martin, the group’s govt director, acknowledged in an announcement.
“Yet, again, the Board has ultimately dismissed the data and proposed a range that does not cover the increasing costs that their own reports predict.”
Last yr, the board agreed to a six-month rent freeze to allow for pandemic restoration, with a 1.5 % enhance for one-year leases and a 2.5 % enhance inside the second half of the yr.
All members of the board are mayoral appointees, although Mayor Eric Adams has solely appointed three of the 9 members within the current day. The other members have been appointed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio, all through whose administration rents have been frozen thrice and stayed inside the low single digits.