National groups fund NY landlords’ suit against rent law

first_imgFive real estate trade associations are providing financial backing to a constitutional lawsuit looking to upend New York’s rent law (Credit: iStock)It’s not just New York trade associations fighting back against Albany’s new tenant-friendly rent law.Five real estate trade groups — National Apartment Association, National Association of Realtors, National Multifamily Housing Council, National Association of Home Builders and New York State Builders Association — are providing financial backing to a lawsuit looking to upend New York’s rent law.“The whole effort will collectively cost several million dollars,” said Jay Martin, the executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program. “For that, we’ll need ongoing financial support from the industry collectively. This isn’t just another willy nilly, last-ditch effort. We genuinely believe we’re providing a comprehensive conversation at the court level that hasn’t been done before.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreWhat you need to know about landlords’ challenge to New York’s rent lawWhat the industry is saying about the federal rent law challengeJulia Salazar calls legal challenge to rent law “hypocritical and unethical” CHIP, along with the Rent Stabilization Association and seven landlords, filed a suit in July alleging that New York’s new rent law violated the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which includes a clause that bars taking of private property without “just compensation.” The complaint also alleges that the rent law violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause because the law is “arbitrary and irrational.”Washington, D.C.-based law firm Mayer Brown is leading the legal effort — which also claims that New York’s rent stabilization law violated the Constitution even before changes were made in June.Martin has been traveling the country, most recently visiting Oregon and California, to seek industry support for the effort. In September, California passed AB-1482, its own statewide rent control measure.Community Housing Improvement Program director Jay MartinRobert Pinnegar, the president of the National Apartment Association, said in a statement that the organization “is opposed to any regulation or barrier to construction, including rent control, that has a negative effect on housing affordability.” NAA is also the parent organization of the California Apartment Association, whose members led the California effort to counteract a 2018 ballot measure to repeal a statewide ban on rent control.The five real estate groups will provide “all-encompassing” support for the costly litigation, as well as legal advice and public relations support, according to Martin. The exact dollar amount being contributed was not disclosed.CHIP and RSA’s lawsuit names New York City, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, the board’s members and the head of the New York State rent stabilization regulatory agency as defendants. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

WCMF wowing French West Indies

first_img Sharing is caring! 424 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews WCMF wowing French West Indies by: – July 21, 2016 Dominica (July 21, 2016) – The 2016 World Creole Music Festival continues to build on its momentum with increased promotion in the French West Indies.Following the successful launch of the Festival in Guadeloupe and Martinique in late June which featured Dominica’s princess of song, Michele Henderson; Leroy “Wadix” Charles, Public Relations Officer of the Festival and Ezra Winston, Marketing Executive at Discover Dominica Authority concluded a media blitz in Guadeloupe last week and are currently in Martinique promoting travel to Dominica this summer and the World Creole Music Festival.This promotional drive will provide visibility of the World Creole Music Festival to a significant share of the Martinique and Guadeloupe markets.“Year over year, the largest number of visitors for the World Creole Music Festival originates from the French West Indies,” said Festival and Events Manager Claudine Springer. “We’re thus always excited for the opportunity to promote the Festival in our sister islands, and at the prospect of further strengthening the direct foreign exchange our nations enjoy.”The 19th World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 28th – 30th 2016, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, in Roseau Dominica, featuring Ophelia, Timaya, Wyclef Jean, Original Bouyon Pioneers, Popcaan, Le Grand Mechant Zouk, Morgan Heritage, Kes the Band, Mr. Killa, Akon, Gentleman, Michele Henderson, Asa Bantan and more. For more information on the 19th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.comlast_img read more