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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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Enter the State Legislature

Enter the State Legislature

(p.132) 6 Enter the State Legislature
The Great Rent Wars

Robert M. Fogelson

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the intervention of the state legislature in the city’s housing problem. Shortly after the state legislature convened in January 1919, several senators and assemblymen filed bills to protect the city’s tenants from profiteering landlords. These included a bill that required a landlord who elected to terminate a tenancy at the end of the month to give the tenant twenty days’ notice; and a bill that empowered a municipal court justice who had issued a final order to grant a stay of up to twenty days—provided that the tenant deposited with the court a sum equivalent to the old rent prorated for the length of the stay.

Keywords:   New York City, tenants, landlords, rent profiteering, housing

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