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Defending Landlord's Rights - New York

New information added on March 11, 2009

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"Ellenville Thumbs Its Nose at Freedom of Information Law; Activist Landlord Dies"
- Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 8, No. 4 (PRFA, Fall 2004)

"Mayor Bloomberg's Rules Attack Landlords and Small Businesses"
- PRFA, Summer 2004
New York City's new lead poisoning rules peg landlords as guilty unless proven innocent. The City's new awning rules were put on hold because ninety percent of awnings would have been illegal. The tradition of newsstands is targeted by a "crackdown on street furniture."

"Appellate Court Voids North Hempstead's Rental Data Requirement" - PRFA, Winter 2004
The court held that the town could not require that landlords provide data about tenants was not allowed because it violated the tenants constitutional right to privacy.

 See Also
See Also

Defending Landlord's Rights - National

Rent Control -New York

Defeating Zoning and Building Codes - New York

Eminent Domain - New York

Paul T. Johnson's Small Landlord's Commentaries

Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications
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City Journal
Indispensable quarterly about the economics, politics, and life of New York City
Published by the Manhattan Institute
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017(212) 599-7000

The Ecology of Housing Destruction
By Peter D. Salins, Chairman, Dept. of Urban Affairs
Hunter College, City University of New York
New York University Press for the
International Center for Economic Policy Studies (1980)
Salins illuminated how existing public policies and regulations that were meant to assist have helped destroy New York's housing. At the time of publication in 1980, 200,000 apartments had been destroyed within a decade. The subsequent loss of housing stock in New York City can largely be explained by his treatise.

"How Subsidized Housing Keeps the Poor Down" Book review by Carol W. LaGrasse, April 9, 2005
Review of: America's Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake-The Failure of American Housing Policy
By Howard Husock (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago 2003)

Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful

American Association of Small Property Owners, F. Patricia Callahan, President
(Connects hundreds of associations of small landlords and other property owners throughout the country)

Homeowners Against Rent Kontrols (HARK), Adrian R. Tiemann, Ph.D., President
(Association of small landlords in New York City)

Institute for Justice
(a non-profit legal foundation that defends freedom, is representing property owners in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other areas where cities are using eminent domain to take property from small businesses and homeowners to transfer it to their private businesses, such as hotels and upscale stores.)

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

"Citizens Strategies for Defending Private Property Rights"
A short manual with key points on organizing effectively, published by PRFA (Positions on Property,
Vol. 6. No. 1)
Please send $3.00 postage and handling to
PRFA, P.O. Box 75, Stony Creek, NY 12878


Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research
Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.

American Association of
Small Property Owners


In-Depth Information

  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Property Rights Around New York" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc. (Speech to the Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, White Plains, N.Y., September 11, 2008)
    On the anniversary of 9/11, the insidious attempt to repeal new building code protections of high-rise office occupants that were the culmination of the work of the best minds in fire protection and engineering points to the true need for government that would protect the economy and property rights of New Yorkers by dealing with dictatorial historic preservation, NIMBY obstruction of local development, utility obstruction, warrantless rental inspections, overzealous wetland protection, free-wheeling eminent domain, and limitless preservation-oriented land acquisition.
  • "Committee on Open Government Assists LaGrasse FOIL Request" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, Dec. 29, 2003)
    Records of citations of rental properties were sought after small landlords in Ellenville complained to PRFA about numerous petty citations. The Village of Ellenville imposed a $300 "administrative fee" in addition to the statutory 25 cents per copy charge.
  • "Paul T. Johnson's Commentaries"
    Infringements on the rights of small landlords in Ellenville, N.Y., by Paul T. Johnson, an owner of rental properties (printed by permission).
    • Latest: Ellenville village administrators seen "patting themselves on the back for how good they made out , cashwise, from a slew of tickets after a recent snowstorm." Trouble was, the Village issued tickets before the lawful grace period of 24 hours to shovel snow off sidewalks was up. - Letter to the Editor, Paul T. Johnson, February 10, 2004.
    • More Commentaries on Infringements on the Rights of Small Landlords
      Complete compilation of sixteen commentaries on the ironies and travails of dealing with government officials who regulate rental properties, as experienced by professional writer Paul T. Johnson, a small landlord in Ellenville, N.Y. Topics include: official giggling at possible police entry of unoccupied units, using "blight" declaration to intimidate poorer property owner, annual safety inspection squeeze, "junk" vehicle fines with inadequate notice, and more.
  • Adrian R. Tiemann "Behind Rent Control: Property Rites and Economic Wrongs" - Adrian R. Tiemann, Ph.D., President, HARK, Homeowners Against Rent Kontrols, Schenectady, N.Y., from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1998)
    Ms. Tiemann documents how the wealthy disproportionately occupy rent controlled units, how politicians and bureaucrats benefit from the system, and how the losses and bankruptcies that landlords experience impact income taxes collected by the State, and are passed along to upstate, as well as urban, taxpayers. Her speech concludes with urgently needed, practical recommendations for reform.
  • "Rent Control" — Marcy Ellin Boucher from Proceedings of the Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1998)
    Ms. Boucher describes her Kafkaesque ordeal attempting to collect rent from the free-loading, well-organized 18 tenants in her apartment house, who are protected by rent control and New York City's system of tenant protections.

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