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Tenants call for rent stabilization in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A crowd gathered outside Rochester City Hall Wednesday to call for rent stabilization.

Local elected officials joined Rochester tenants and the city-wide tenants union today to call for Rochester officials to opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. This act would limit rent increases for around 25,000 Rochester residents. Specifically, those living in buildings built before 1974 with six or fewer units.

Advocates say over one-half of Rochester renters are rent-burdened, paying 30 percent or more of their income on rent, and that last January, Rochester saw the largest rent increases in all of the northeast.

“The path forward to move beyond the housing crisis is bold political action to stabilize rents. In this moment, Rochester elected officials have the opportunity to do just that. The guidance is there, the data is clear, and the people are crying out for assistance. We must seize this opportunity and approve a vacancy study to propel us towards housing justice,” said Rochester City Councilmember Kim Smith.

To opt into rent stabilization, the city has to complete a vacancy study and find vacancy rates at five percent or less.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A crowd gathered outside Rochester City Hall Wednesday to call for rent stabilization.

Local elected officials joined Rochester tenants and the city-wide tenants union today to call for Rochester officials to opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. This act would limit rent increases for around 25,000 Rochester residents. Specifically, those living in buildings built before 1974 with six or fewer units.

Advocates say over one-half of Rochester renters are rent-burdened, paying 30 percent or more of their income on rent, and that last January, Rochester saw the largest rent increases in all of the northeast.

“The path forward to move beyond the housing crisis is bold political action to stabilize rents. In this moment, Rochester elected officials have the opportunity to do just that. The guidance is there, the data is clear, and the people are crying out for assistance. We must seize this opportunity and approve a vacancy study to propel us towards housing justice,” said Rochester City Councilmember Kim Smith.

To opt into rent stabilization, the city has to complete a vacancy study and find vacancy rates at five percent or less. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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