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Rent Control - New York

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Essential Books & Publications
Essential Books
& Publications

  "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)

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.

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)


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

  • "Developments in the Law of Rent Regulation and Taking of Property" - By Martin S. Kaufman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation, Larchmont, N.Y. & James Harmon, Esq., Attorney at Law, New York, Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012)
    • Martin S. KaufmanMartin S. Kaufman, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation, Larchmont, N.Y.
      In one compelling, precise speech, Martin Kaufman began with the origin of New York City's rent control in the aftermath of World War I, its revival after the Second World War as an emergency measure, and its persistence under the name of "rent stabilization" to the present day. Rent control is virtually perpetual, as tenants pass the privilege along to their children, grandchildren, and other cohabitants, paying, perhaps $1,000 per month for an apartment where the landlord could charge twice that amount. As a regulatory taking, rent control has survived the arguments of the most learned and brilliant scholars in court.
    • James D. HarmonJames D. Harmon, Esq., Attorney at Law, New York, N.Y.
      James Harmon brought the personal meaning of rent control to life. "It's like living without the Constitution," he said. James Harmon is the fifth generation of his family to live in his home in Manhattan. Yet he cannot occupy parts of his house because it has six rent-controlled apartments above the floor where he lives. One tenant owns a $750,000 home in Southampton. There are a million free market apartments in New York City and approximately the same number of rent-stabilized apartments. He brought the problem to his state Assembly member and she said she represents her constituents and herself has a rent-stabilized apartment. "I've never spoken outside of the legal context before," Mr. Harmon said. "I'm not taking it anymore."
  • 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 Third Annual New York Conference of 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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