Protect Kingston Families from Rent Increases: Opt into the Emergency Tenant Protection Act
City of Kingston Common Council
Kingston needs rent control!
If you’re a renter, you already know how hard it is to find a safe, clean apartment within your budget in Kingston. Rents are skyrocketing, available apartments are few and far between, and landlords are using loopholes in the laws to kick tenants out or increase their rents.
There is a new law that is available for Kingston to opt into. It’s called the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, or ETPA. It provides protections to tenants against rent increases and retaliatory evictions, in buildings and complexes built before 1974 with 6+ apartments.
We believe that some of the apartment complexes it would apply to include:
What the ETPA does
Creates a rental guidelines board of local appointees who determine what a fair rental increase is every year (in many cases in other communities, somewhere around 1-3% annually)
Requires landlords to keep all equipment and services in good working order
Gives tenants the right to lease renewal
Enforcement and regulation is handled by the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal, which has the power to reduce rents and sue landlords for civil penalties payable to tenants
Only applies to buildings and complexes with 6+ apartments built before 1974
Why Kingston needs the ETPA
Kingston has close to 6,000 apartments. Only 1,100 are subsidized against rent increases and gentrification. The ETPA would protect around another 1,000 families from rent increases and negligent landlords.
Rents and evictions are at all-time highs
Our city’s vacancy rate is at .5%, making it hard to find new apartments
Wages are not increasing along with rents, making it hard to afford to stay
How to get the ETPA
The City of Kingston needs to commission a rental vacancy survey of apartments that qualify for the ETPA
Kingston’s Common Council then needs to officially declare a rental emergency and enact the ETPA
Whether you live in an apartment that would be covered by the ETPA, live in a non-affected apartment, or are a homeowner tired of watching your friends and neighbors struggle with rent, sign our petition to demand that Kingston takes all of the steps to enact the ETPA as soon as possible!
City of Kingston Common Council
From: [Your Name]
The Kingston Tenants Union is speaking to hundreds of renters that will be directly helped by the Emergency Tenant Protection Act in big apartment complexes like Camelot Manor/Parkview Terrace, Chestnut Mansion, Dutch Village, Fairview Gardens and Stony Run Apartments.
We're also speaking with other renters who live in smaller apartment buildings that could still qualify for ETPA coverage. We're speaking to renters who wouldn't qualify for coverage, but who want to see the rental market become more stable. And we've speaking to homeowners and organizers who want to see their friends and neighbors who rent be able to afford to live in Kingston.
Please enact the Emergency Tenant Protection Act as soon as possible. Tenants make up the majority of our city's population and they deserve to enjoy everything Kingston has to offer.