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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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(p.415) Epilogue
The Great Rent Wars

Robert M. Fogelson

Yale University Press

The Epilogue describes the aftermath of the expiration of the emergency rent laws. It focuses on the bill proposed by Alderman Charles H. McGillick, a Democrat from Harlem, to impose rent control in New York after June 1, 1929. The bill provided that if a landlord sued a tenant for nonpayment of rent, the rent would be deemed unreasonable if it was higher than it was a year earlier. The bill also required the landlord to file a bill of particulars. If it showed he was earning 8 percent or more, the judge was authorized to dismiss the case. Although some lawyers had doubts about the bill’s constitutionality, its supporters contended that it was “well within the home-rule powers of the city”. No sooner had McGillick introduced his bill than the Greater New York Taxpayers Association informed the Board of Aldermen that it would challenge the bill in court.

Keywords:   New York City, tenants, landlords, housing law, emergency rent laws, Alderman Charles H. McGillick

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