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)
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 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)
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.
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."
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
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
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.