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Rent Control - National

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Rent Control - New York

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)

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)


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."
  • Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D."The Supreme Court's Protection of Private Property Rights: The Founders' Dream, the Owner's Nightmare" - By Roger Pilon, J.D., Ph.D., Vice President for Legal Affairs and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Roger Pilon presents an overview of private property rights, beginning with first principles, including a discussion of the history of the founding documents, followed by the police power and eminent domain power; then four scenarios of government restrictionsgovernment actions that reduce the value of private property, regulation to stop nuisance, regulatory takings, and full eminent domain; and finally the four categories of eminent domain: transfer to the public, transfer to a private owner for public utilities and the like, condemnation for blight reduction, and transfer to another private party for economic development. Highlights of court rulings illustrate how the Progressive Era led to today's regulatory state.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"City of Goleta Mobile Home Rent Control Law Struck Down"
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, November 21, 2004)
    The U.S. District Court of the Central District of California struck down the rent control ordinance of the City of Goleta in California on October 29, 2004 as an unconstitutional taking because it failed to substantially further its stated goal of creating affordable housing. The law kept rents down but raised sale prices, without allowing the mobile home owner to collect a fair portion of the sales premium.
  • "Open Range Warfare — The 2003 Version" - By Ron Zumbrun (Reprinted by permission, from The Daily Recorder, City of Sacramento, October 13, 2003)
    Plumus County, California adopted an open range ordinance, forcing property owners to allow cattle grazing. Jack and Millie Herzberg are suing for trespass and illegal rent control. They want full compensation and liability insurance.

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