Legal Aid Society


LAS Successfully Defends New York's Rent Reforms, Stabilization Law

The Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC, and Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC, together with the New York State Attorney General and the New York City Law Department, today secured multiple rulings upholding the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and New York’s Rent Stabilization Law.

“Today’s ruling rightfully follows both United States Supreme Court and Circuit Court precedents, upholding these laws that have served millions of New Yorkers, preserving affordable housing and preventing displacement and homelessness,” reads a statement from Legal Aid and its partners. 

“These lawsuits were meritless from the outset. They have failed in both the district court and the court of appeals, and we’re confident that any further attempts at appeal will fail as well,” the statement continues. “Regardless, we will continue to challenge any and all efforts aimed at eroding these well-established and lawful protections. We laud the Court for its ruling, which fully comports with the facts and long standing legal precedent.”

The rulings, in 74 Pinehurst LLC v. State of New York and CHIP v. City of New York, are the latest defeats for landlords who have been trying to undo the historic reforms since they were enacted. Legal Aid and its partners are currently defending New York tenants in three similar actions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and expect similar outcomes.