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The Great Rent WarsNew York, 1917-1929$
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Robert M. Fogelson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300191721

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300191721.001.0001

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A Reasonable Rent

A Reasonable Rent

(p.282) 12 A Reasonable Rent
The Great Rent Wars

Robert M. Fogelson

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This chapter discusses problems arising from the issue of reasonable rent. Under chapter 944, a tenant who was sued for nonpayment of rent could argue in his defense that the rent was unreasonable. The statute put judges in the difficult position of having to determine rental values in a city that had hundreds of thousands of apartments. There were two main reasons why it was so difficult to figure out whether a rent was reasonable. One was that chapter 944 did not define a reasonable rent. Another reason was that chapter 944 did not provide much in the way of guidelines.

Keywords:   New York City, tenants, landlords, housing law, emergency rent laws, chapter 944

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