Six Shocking Facts about Airbnb in Ulster County and New York State

December 9, 2019Stories

Airbnb didn’t exist in 2007. Today, three out of every 100 Ulster County housing units is listed on Airbnb. Every real estate sale, rent increase and property tax assessment in New York State takes into account how much the property could earn if it was listed on Airbnb. Some examples: An investor might offer $180,000 … Read More

13 Reasons Why Kingston Needs Rent Stabilization

October 17, 2019Stories

The City of Kingston might opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA). It is a law that was enacted to help protect renters in places where there’s a 5% vacancy rate or below. A 6-10% vacancy rate is typically cited as a healthy vacancy rate for towns. The ETPA includes rent stabilization, the right … Read More

Spectrum Local News: Kingston Renters Testify On Living Conditions, Lobby For Rules to Rein In Landlords

March 11, 2019Press

Housing activist and renter Juanita Velazquez-Amador commanded attention from aldermen and women and the other 50 renters in the Kingston common council chambers on Monday evening. The council is holding seven hearings this winter and spring, in order to better shape policy, empower renters and protect landlords. Each hearing solicits input from tenants, homeowners, landlords, … Read More

CBS News: Rent control could be coming to more states after Oregon

March 5, 2019Press

After Oregon’s rent control law last week, Illinois and New York have introduced similar bills Those laws would slow or stabilize permitted rent increases and make it harder to evict tenants Cities including Philadelphia, Providence and Los Angeles are considering similar action When he lived in Ashland, Oregon, Jesse Sharpe had his rent increased three … Read More