New suit challenges rent voucher system, combination apartments, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 10, 2021 - 10:30AM

The number of housing units in some of Manhattan's wealthier neighborhoods like the Upper East Side are down over the last decade because so many owners combined apartments (The City) 

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city built over 30,000 affordable housing units in 2020, the highest annual total in history (amNewYork) 

NYC families in need of rent vouchers are stuck in a catch-22 because of the state's eviction moratorium (The City) 

An affordable apartment lottery opened for 94 units in Bed-Stuy. Rent starts at $667 for a studio (New York YIMBY)

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers and HomeLight launched a new program to increase the number of Black real estate brokers across the U.S. (Apartment Therapy)

Rent payments across the U.S. increased to over 79 percent in January after stimulus checks were distributed (The Real Deal)



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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