Hudson Common Council passes anti-eviction law
Roger Hannigan Gilson in the Times Union updates WGXC's original coverage of the Hudson Common Council Sept. 23, vote in favor of a Good Cause Eviction law. The measure must still go through a public hearing and be signed into law by Mayor Kamal Johnson. Under the law, landlords would be required to go through eviction court to remove a tenant, where the new law would give those tenants further protections, such as not allowing evictions for non-payment of rent if the landlord has raised rent more than five percent in the last year. Although many renters will benefit from the new law, it still allows for some kinds of evictions. The city's attorney, Jeff Baker, suggested the council hold off on taking a vote to see how other cities moved forward with their own versions of the law, especially Albany, the first municipality in the state to pass a Good Cause Eviction law. The law is supported by Johnson, who took part in a press conference last month with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, 2nd Ward Alderperson Tiffany Garriga and members of the Hudson-Catskill Housing Coalition to stump for its passage. The law would still permit evictions through court for other reasons, such as conducting illegal activity at a rental, damaging property, or not allowing a landlord in to make repairs. Tenants could still be evicted for non-payment provided rent has not increased by five percent in the last year. The law would also still allow evictions if the property is being sold with the condition the property be delivered to the new owner tenant-free. Landlords could also evict all tenants in properties with up to five units if they choose to live in the buildings themselves. The law must still go through a public comment period before it is sent to Johnson, who is expected to sign. Note: Johnson is a WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story in the Times Union.