It’s been almost two years since the New York state legislature passed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. There are still five separate lawsuits on the court dockets challenging the law’s constitutionality (three dismissals and two decisions still pending). Plaintiffs are hoping the suits eventually make their way to the Supreme Court, where a majority conservative bench could be more favorable. Despite the challenges, a ruling last year that the 2019 law should not apply retroactively to rent overcharge cases offered some hope. This decision will likely serve as a helpful foundation to the lawsuits that followed.
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