A statewide "good cause" eviction law has been proposed both in the New York State Senate (S2892B) and Assembly (A5030B). The bills are still in committee, but the proposed law is already causing anxiety among landlords in the Capital Region. Last Thursday, WRGB did a feature on the subject: "Landlords fear New York's "Good Cause" Eviction legislation." Over the weekend, the Albany Business Review reported the proposed law is "prompting some landlords in the region to get out of the business by selling their rental properties": "These property managers want to sell their rentals in the Albany area. Here's why."
It will be remembered that last year Hudson was all set to pass its own "good cause" eviction law. The Common Council voted to enact the law in September--with eight yes votes, one abstention, and two aldermen absent from the meeting. After the vote took place, Rebecca Wolff, then an alderman representing the First Ward, wanted revisions made to the law. The most significant revision was eliminating change of ownership as an acceptable cause for evicting tenants from a building. To accomplish the changes, it was decided that Mayor Kamal Johnson would veto the law and send it back to the Council, where it would be amended and voted on again. When the amended law came before the Council in December, it was defeated. The vote was five to five, with one abstention. It did not have the majority required to pass.
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