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Kicking around a cap on brokers' fees, the NYC rent reform fight, & more

By Jennifer White Karp  |
March 1, 2019 - 4:00PM

This week, readers were keen to read about ways activists and some elected officials are seeking to make living in NYC more affordable, with a pair of stories on proposed City Council legislation that would limit brokers' fees and security deposits, and the battle over rent reform in Albany. Tenant activists want to end vacancy deregulation, but landlords see it as a way of ultimately turning affordable units into market-rate apartments. Another popular post this week dished up Airbnb nightmares from both guests and hosts, so check it out before you book your next trip.

Here, in full, are the week's top stories.

1) What's the latest on proposed legislation to cap brokers’ fees and security deposits in NYC?

2) When Airbnb goes wrong: Guests and hosts share their horror stories

3) How can our building get access to apartments of uncooperative residents to inspect, investigate, or make repairs? (sponsored)

4) Ask Sam: How long can I live in my 80/20 apartment? (sponsored)

5) Stakes are high as tenant activists, landlords square off in NYC rent reform fight


Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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