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Rent Regulations

Dear Network Members: 

There were a number of bills for which the Network was advocating and following at the end of this year's legislative session including rent regulation, prevailing wage, and two Office of Mental Health housing bills. 

RENT REGULATIONS 

On Friday, June 14", the NYS Legislature passed and the Governor signed the "Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019" (16520823), 24 hours before the rent regulation laws were set to expire. The bill encompasses a large number of rent regulation changes and protections and makes them permanent. 

One piece of the legislation includes language that would extend rent stabilization protections to all nonprofit scattered-site providers that were previously exempted because of their status as a corporation or nonprofit. It also includes language that would ensure the 14,000 units of existing scattered-site housing be afforded rent regulation protections upon lease renewal. 

A special thank you to the sponsors and champions of the bill, Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner as well as Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, who was the originator of the bill. Also a special thank you to Women in Need who first raised this issue back in 2017 and all of our members who provided invaluable and ongoing guidance and support about how this legislation would impact our scattered-site portfolio. 

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Heat Advisory

Hot humid weather-particularly a series of hot, humid days can cause serious illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. While anyone, under certain circumstances, can be affected by these illnesses, some people are in much greater danger and should take extra precautions. 

When in periods of high temperature and humidity, there are things everyone (and, particularly, people at high risk) should do to lessen the chances of heat illnesses: 

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Avoid overexertion, particularly during warmer periods of the day. 

Those in the greatest danger of succumbing to the most serious heat illnesses are older persons, those with special medical problems (especially when accompanied by obesity), and those taking certain medications, including psychotropic drugs. In addition, contrary to popular belief, dark skin is no prevention against heat illnesses. 

Keep windows shut, and draperies, shades, or blinds drawn during the heat of the day. (Open windows in the evening or night hours when the air outside is cooler.) 

 

Move to cooler rooms during the heat of the day 

Drink plenty of fluids 

Foremost among heat illnesses are heat cramps, heat exhaustion (or prostration), and, the most serious, heatstroke (or sunstroke).