June 17, 2020: Rent Guidelines Board: N.Y.C., Facing Pandemic Fallout, Freezes Rent for 2 Million Tenants for a Year– The New York City panel that sets rents for the roughly 2.3 million residents of rent-regulated apartments on Wednesday froze those rents for a year, delivering a slight reprieve to tenants struggling in the worst economy in decades.
April 23, 2020: The Real Deal, Rent-stabilized housing income falls for the first time in 20 years: report
April 1, 2020: The Real Deal, A Glaring Gray Area for Stuy Town, Blackstone and the City. By Georgia Kronrei
Excerpt: Nonetheless, the one-time deal between Blackstone and the city can’t overrule a change to general law, said Manhattan attorney Tim Collins, who is representing the plaintiffs in their suit.
“The regulatory agreement was made in good faith, but any claim that [it] trumps future legislation would mean that some agreement made in the past would immunize a building or group of tenants from general law going forward,” Collins argued. “And that makes no sense at all.”
March 31, 2020: Law360, Attorneys Predict Rent Cancellation Defense, Challenges, by Emma Whitford
Excerpt: This case [Levy Leasing Co. v. Siegel] reiterated that states have the power to regulate rents and evictions under circumstances where the markets are not working well and people are facing either the prospect of profiteering or homelessness as a result of abnormal conditions,” Tim Collins, a partner with Collins, Dobkin & Miller, LLP told Law360 Monday. *** In the case of the Gianaris bill, Collins, who represents tenants, argues that “the public emergency could not be more clear.” “The bottom line is, I think it is clearly constitutional, but I would expect a fight over it,” he added.
March 11, 2020: The Real Deal, Trapped in rent-regulation? Stuy Town case raises broader J-51 concerns
“If Roberts v. Tishman was [World War I], Stuy Town v. Blackstone could mark the beginning of WWII,” said Aaron Carr, executive director of Housing Rights Initiative, which has brought numerous J-51 overcharge cases against landlords.”
March 6, 2020: The Real Deal, City sides with tenants at Stuy Town in case against Blackstone
March 4, 2020: Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association attorney Timothy Collins, Filed An Action In New York State Supreme Court Asking For Declaratory Judgment On Whether New Rent Laws Apply To Residents Of New York’s Iconic Middle-Class Housing Development