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Paul T. Johnson's Small Landlord's Commentaries

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

"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.

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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

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 defending tenants from administrative search warrants imposed without probable cause.)

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.


In-Depth Information

  • Robert McNamara, Esq."Is Your Rental Home Your Castle?-Administrative Warrants and Personal Privacy in the Twenty-first Century" - By Robert McNamara, Esq., Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The City of Red Wing, Minnesota, imposes administrative search warrants (searches without probable cause) on rental properties, collecting photos of the interior of residences (including even the inside of closets), and intending to post these on the Internet for police use. The right to privacy, to be secure in your home from searches without probably cause, is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"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).
    • 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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