ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- A State Supreme Court judge overturned Albany’s ‘Good Cause’ eviction law on Thursday, siding that the law improperly attempts to regulate rental rates and tenants’ evictions at a local level already established by State Law. Albany was the first municipality in New York to pass a law, which created new protections for tenants.
Sections of the city’s ‘Local Law F’ were null and void because they directly conflicted with state law ruled by State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba. The judgment dismisses the complaint which argues that there is no state law to prevent local municipalities from establishing conditions by which a landlord is entitled to evict a tenant.
“The Good Cause was there to protect tenants that did everything right. That paid their bills. That followed their lease and did everything that you asked them to do,” explains Albany Common Council member Alfredo Balarin who sponsored the bill, “that you couldn’t just push them out or force them out of their homes for no reason other than you wanted to raise the rent to an unreasonable amount.”
The law took effect last year, but the legislation drew fire from many landlords. The plaintiffs, including Deborah Pusatere, Rossworks LLC, John Thomas Jr., Gus Lazides, and GGL Corp., filed legal action against the City of Albany and Common Council.
Council member Balarin says he and several other council members will pen a petition to the state urging them to restore the protections of the law. “So more common councilmembers than we got to vote for Local Law F have signed on to this letter so I think that’s a good sign of where the city stands on this issue and that we are going to fight to get these protections back for our residents.”
Check out the complaint here: