Tenant Protest Leads to Arrests as Rent Reg Renewal Deadline Nears

At a recent protest in Albany, hundreds of protesters frustrated by the slow movement of proposals to strengthen tenant protections in New York State blocked access to the Senate and Assembly chambers in Albany. Sixty-one people throughout the Capitol were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The state law governing rent control and rent stabilization rules in the New York City area are set to expire later this month. The protesters who gathered at the Capitol want to see stronger protections for tenants, including a possible statewide rental law. The rent laws expire June 15, four days before the 2019 legislative session in Albany is scheduled to end.