News Release -- Rochester to pursue rental vacancy study

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren submitted legislation today to City Council to add a rental vacancy study to an existing agreement with consultants Northeast & Bucks Co. to make updates to the City’s housing plans as informed by the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan. The rental vacancy study will determine the City’s eligibility to opt in to rent stabilization.

“Access to safe, healthy and affordable housing was identified in Rochester 2034 as a critical component to creating jobs, safer neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities for our residents,” said Mayor Warren. “This study is the required first step to determine our City’s eligibility to explore rent stabilization. We will continue conversations with all of our residents, including City-wide Tenants Union, landlords, and other stakeholders, to build upon our successful efforts to provide residents with safe and affordable housing.”

Earlier this year, New York State enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which expanded the ability to opt in to rent stabilization under the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (ETPA) to all municipalities throughout the state.

Previously, the only municipalities outside of New York City that were able to opt in were those located in Nassau, Rockland and Westchester counties. In order to opt in to rent stabilization, municipalities must declare a housing emergency, which is defined in the ETPA as a rental vacancy rate of less than five percent in the housing stock that will be regulated.

The first step in determining if Rochester has a level of vacancy sufficient under the ETPA to allow implementation of rent stabilization is completing a rental vacancy study. Under the law, it is the responsibility of municipalities to fund a study of their housing accommodations to determine the existence of an emergency under the ETPA.

More information about the ETPA can be found through New York State Homes and Community Renewal:


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