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Evictions are down in NYC this year thanks to new rent laws

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New rent laws lead to a drop in evictions

A recent report from NYU’s Furman Center found that citywide, eviction filings have been on the decline since 2010—and thanks to the new rent laws passed earlier this year by the state legislature, that trend may continue.

The Wall Street Journal analyzed eviction data in the period after June 14, when the new law took effect, and found that eviction cases that are initiated because of nonpayment of rent have dropped by a whopping 46 percent from the same period last year. “Holdover” eviction cases—which can be initiated for multiple reasons—have also dropped by nearly 12 percent. The new rent laws strengthen tenant protections while also increasing the burden of proof for landlords when action is taken against them (e.g. providing more extensive records of a tenants’ rent history).

“It’s like an earthquake in housing court,” one lawyer for building owners told the WSJ.

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  • And speaking of MTA construction, a task force set to provide oversight for those projects has yet to be formed, several months after the deadline to do so passed.
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