MFJ’s Leah Goodridge Defends Call for Rent Freeze in City Limits Op Ed

In an Op Ed in City Limits on June 28, 2018, Mobilization for Justice Supervising Attorney Leah Goodridge, one of two tenant representatives on New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board, defended her call for a rent freeze and her vote against new rent increases. She showed that while New York rent regulated tenants enjoyed two years of rent freezes, they had already been crushed by the previous ten years of continual rent hikes.  Citing data on landlord profits, she also pointed out that landlord profits had increased during the time a rent freeze was in place. Although the number of families and single adults in shelters has increased markedly in the past few years, the Rent Guidelines Board approved new rent increases, which will further exacerbate the homeless crisis.