Senate votes to postpone rent stabilization housing survey

The New York state Senate voted Thursday to postpone a survey that determines the current housing vacancy rate, a number that’s critical to the continuation of the city’s rent regulation laws, until July 2022.

The vacancy rate must be under 5% for a housing emergency to be declared and for rent regulations to remain in place. If it’s any higher than that, the rent restrictions, which landlord groups say are unconstitutional, go away.

Sen. Brian Kavanagh, who proposed the delay, argued that the state just doesn’t have enough manpower or time to conduct the survey properly because of the pandemic. But landlords don’t buy it—they claim that lawmakers are

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