Protesting zombie apartments, racial bias in appraisals, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen | November 2, 2022 - 10:30AM

Elected officials join tenants at 331 East 14th St. in Manhattan in a protest against a landlord accused of keeping apartments vacant like zombies to skirt rent laws (amNewYork)

Researchers find widespread racial bias in home appraisals, giving higher values to homes when occupants are white (The New York Times)

Compass reaches an agreement with New York Attorney General Letitia James over allegations of discrimination against Section 8 vouchers (The Real Deal)

Looking for affordable housing in New York City? Here's a calculator to help you figure out where to find an apartment based on your household income (The New York Times)

An affordable housing lottery launches for 39 senior apartments in West Farms, the Bronx (New York YIMBY)

A 27-year-old Queens man rents a former laundromat for $1,850 a month—and turns it into his apartment (New York Post)




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. 

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