Tenants urged to cancel rent today, overnight subway service halts, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
May 1, 2020 - 10:30AM

Tenant rights groups in NYC and across the U.S. are supporting a rent strike today. Landlords say the impact would be catastrophic (The New York Times)

A report from CORE says NYC recorded the lowest number of new development signed contracts in history (press release)

Queens has the smallest living spaces in NYC, with an average of 329 square feet per person, according to a Rent Cafe study (press release) 

The number of listings with short-term or month-to-month leases jumped 70 percent, according to a new StreetEasy report (press release)

A rent freeze for most rent-stabilized apartments seems more likely (The Real Deal) 

The MTA will halt overnight subway service for the duration of the pandemic to clean and disinfect trains  (Gothamist) 



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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