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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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Landlords and Tenants in New York and Albany

Landlords and Tenants in New York and Albany

(p.333) 14 Landlords and Tenants in New York and Albany
The Great Rent Wars

Robert M. Fogelson

Yale University Press

This chapter describes landlords’ efforts to circumvent the emergency rent laws. Some targeted chapter 944, which empowered the municipal courts to set reasonable rents for residential property. Landlords inflated the value of their property—or hired expert witnesses to inflate it for them. Others padded the bill of particulars, claiming expenses for work that was not done and charging against current income capital improvements that should have been amortized over years if not decades. Other efforts to circumvent the rent laws were aimed at chapter 942. Some landlords accused tenants, even long-term and respectable tenants, of being objectionable. Others claimed they wanted the tenant’s apartment for themselves or their family even though they had no intention of occupying it. While landlords were trying to circumvent the emergency rent laws, many of New York’s principal real estate organizations were attempting to weaken them.

Keywords:   New York City, tenants, landlords, housing law, emergency rent laws, chapter 944, chapter 942

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