We are a coalition of responsible landlords statewide who operate small businesses, provide quality housing to other hardworking New Yorkers and serve as economic drivers in their local communities. We’re invested in improving the apartment industry for all.
About under one Roof
This coalition consists of responsible individual landlords and property management companies statewide who are urging state lawmakers to address the unintended consequences of the Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 on both landlords and tenants and advocate for changes to the law. Our members are small business owners who provide quality housing to other hardworking New Yorkers and serve as economic drivers in their local communities.
As its currently written, this law stifles economic development and disincentivizes necessary investments in the statewide apartment industry, places onerous burdens on business owners and limits tenants’ access to quality and affordably priced housing options.
UNDER ONE ROOF was founded by the New York Capital Region Apartment Association (NYCRAA). NYCRAA was founded with the purpose of joining together small and large owners of real estate for their mutual benefit. The organization is comprised of owners and managers of multi-family rental properties and other entities such as vendors, who work in fields related to the housing industry. Through an organized program of information, project development and educational seminars, the Association keeps its members informed on all phases of the multi-family housing industry.
Our affiliation with the National Apartment Association which represents over 10 million apartment homes brings the perspective, resources, and information that can only come from a national organization. No other organization can boast of such widespread support in the apartment industry!
Why we are here.
UNDER ONE ROOF supports New Yorkers living in rental apartments and those who own and operate them. The coalition works to protect New Yorkers' access to quality housing, increase the economic impact of rental properties and foster growth in the rental housing industry statewide. Together, we’re invested in improving the apartment industry for all.
New York Capital Region Apartment Association (NYCRAA)
National Apartment Association
Chemung Landlords Association
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 58
Capital Region Chamber
Park Avenue Landlord Association (Rochester)
WEBB Rentals, LLC
Community Housing Improvement Program
Freedom First Real Estate Investors Association (FFREIA)
Capital District Association of Rental Property Owners (CDARPO)
Deborah Pusatere, NYCRAA President and UOR Coalition Co-Leader
Jaime Michelle Cain, Esq., NYCRAA Legislative Chair and UOR Coalition Co-Leader
STATEWIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
New York’s apartment rental industry plays a vital role in local, regional, and statewide economic development. Apartments provide millions of New Yorkers with affordable and flexible housing options and support tens of thousands of jobs and millions in tax dollars supporting local communities and schools. Additionally, the robust new construction market for apartments is a major economic boost for communities both upstate and on Long Island.
The Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019, created burdensome regulations forcing many longtime property owners to consider selling their housing deterring them from making new investments and expanding their property portfolios. As longtime property owners leave the market, developers are less interested in new apartment construction.
Protections for landlords and tenants
The Housing Stability & Tenant Protection Act of 2019 has many unintended consequences for individual landlords, apartment owners, and property management companies while creating new challenges and new uncertainties in the housing market for tenants.
This law negatively impacts the ability of small business owners to run efficient and profitable businesses. Many responsible landlords are already operating with slim profit margins, and this law makes it even more difficult. Landlords won’t have the necessary capital or profit to reinvest in their buildings through upgrades or regular maintenance, resulting in a lower quality of life for many New Yorkers.
This law hurts tenants, prospective tenants, and applicants. Previously, responsible landlords may have been willing to take a chance on prospective tenants and applicants who were “on the bubble,” or those who have poor credit or are unbanked. Under this new law, landlords are at a disadvantage with increased expenses and the potential loss of rent revenue that they can’t afford to take on any additional risks. And with a more competitive market and an increase in the cost of doing business, it is likely that costs of renting an apartment will increase. In short, costs will continue to rise for tenants as their quality of apartment choices decreases.
Unintended consequences for landlords and tenants
Streamlining the Notification Process
This statute creates confusion in the overall eviction process for tenants and landlords.
Simplifying the Eviction Process
The overall process is too long for landlords to sustain mortgage payments, pay bills, including employees & contractors.
Protecting Access to Quality Housing
New Exemptions Needed
Landlords are unable to assess if an incoming tenant poses a risk to other tenants or the property.
Under this statute, tenants with unfavorable credit are being rejected and forced to rent less quality housing.
Including exemptions for seasonal, short-term.
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WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING
WEBB Rentals, LLC a member of the Schenectady Landlords Influencing Change (SLIC) supports the mission of Under One Roof to address the unintended consequences of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. WEBB Rentals, LLC provides quality, affordable rental houses and apartments for tenants. The legislation enacted through the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act is already resulting in negative consequences for our business. As small business owners we have a very tight margin of profit and are unable to sustain a loss of income.
We believe this new legislation will result in many property owners experiencing income losses and therefore unable to make mortgage and property tax payments. Obviously this will result in foreclosure of rental properties diminishing options of housing for tenants. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act damages the housing industry and denies tenants the ability to secure safe, well-maintained rental homes.
We request the NYS Legislature to revise the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act so it provides a stable foundation of reasonable laws to protect both tenants and rental property owners.
Tracy Shepherd & Kimlee Marquise - Owners of WEBB Rentals, LLC