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‘GOOD CAUSE EVICTION’ LAW PASSED IN POUGHKEEPSIE; HERE’S WHAT IT MEANS FOR TENANTS

The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council passed a resolution it says will help protect city tenants from being evicted without merit.

The council approved what has been labeled “Good Cause Eviction” legislation, becoming the latest Hudson Valley municipality to do so after a push at the state level stalled two years ago. The movement has been met with concerns from some realtors, developers and landlords.

The Common Council on Monday voted 6-1 to approve a law designed “to protect tenants from exorbitant rent increases that could result in increased homelessness within the city,” according to the legislation.

“This legislation was critically needed for renters in the City of Poughkeepsie and its passage not only ensures housing security to our tenants but will strengthen our ability to provide stable and quality housing on a long-term basis to the benefit of our entire community, homeowners, tenants, and landlords alike,” Salem, chair of the Common Council and co-sponsor of the law, said in a release from For the Many, a Hudson Valley-based advocacy group formerly known as Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.

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