Good Cause Eviction legislation, now law in Kingston, must be approved on a county and a state level. That was the message of several speakers, including tenants and city and county lawmakers, at a rally Tuesday evening in Uptown Kingston.
“Good Cause Eviction gives tenants the power to stand their ground against greedy landlords, by protecting them from unfair evictions, like I was almost subject to, and from predatory rent increases, said Isaura Rivera, an impacted Kingston resident and For the Many member. (The housing advocacy, formerly known as Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, organized the rally outside the Ulster County Courthouse.) “I am here to help fight for a world where my daughters can grow up feeling secure in their homes.”
While the Kingston Common Council was unanimous in passing Good Cause Eviction last month, the legislation, which offers tenants many new protections and puts an effective cap on yearly rent hikes, is stalled on the state level. On the county level, it’s yet to be taken up by the legislature.