Will rent control hinder Newark redevelopment?

From the Star Ledger:

Residents win rent control battle; landlords face steeper hurdle to raise rents

Landlords looking to raise rents on rent-controlled buildings will have to meet a higher threshold to do so under new measures passed by the city this week.

The City Council approved a resident-sponsored initiative to tighten rent control laws, last week. The measure requires a landlord spend 12 months worth of rent to rehabilitate a vacant apartment in order to raise rent by up to 10 percent.

“From the perspective of ensuring that we maintain housing affordability from every level, from low-income through moderate-income, the rent control ordinance is another extremely important piece of the puzzle to do that,” said Richard Cammarieri, a housing advocate who works at New Community Corporation.

Homes for All Newark, a coalition of housing advocates and renters, collected enough signatures to submit a ballot initiative to the city last month requesting these changes. If the council failed to approve the measure, it’d be up to the voters to decide.

The rent control measure essentially reverses changes South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James proposed early this year. In March, the council agreed to lower the amount a landlord must spent in rehabilitation costs to raise rents: Eight months worth of a unit’s rent would allow a landlord to raise rent by 20 percent. The new legislation caps increases at 10 percent.

Cammarieri said rent control changes were one part of making sure the city remained affordable amid new waves of development. The city is also pushing an inclusionary zoning ordinance requiring new developments to set aside low- and moderate-income units.

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46 Responses to Will rent control hinder Newark redevelopment?

  1. JJ fanboy says:

    Good morning New Jersey

    I guess Mike is sleeping in today

  2. Hillary's Cankles are ground zero for Zika virus says:

    Me too.

  3. Juice Box says:

    16 years gone by, memories stI’ll fresh, and we are still at war
    Last thing I want today is for my boys to grow up and in another decade have to fight in this same forgotten war.

  4. Hillary's Cankles are ground zero for Zika virus says:

    Crazy iPhone issue. It doesn’t want to let me charge it. I checked all the usual suspects. When I connect it to my PC via USB I get an error that says device malfunctioned during last connection. When I check USB under device manager, one line lists a failed connection and another line says unknown device. When I plug it into a charger, I don’t get the lightning bolt and it charges at about 1% an hour. Though every once in a blue moon, like after 100 tries with 10 different cords, it works. Usually after I plug a different device in first. If I can get my iTunes to see the phone, I’ll blank and restore it. But can’t get my PC to see it on the USB. Did a reset all settings on the phone, a DFU reset and a forced restart. Any other ideas?

  5. JJ fanboy says:

    Can you take it to an Apple Store? They check it for free

  6. abeiz says:

    lint in female connector?

    buy Android? I used to be a big Apple fanboy until my brother in law got me into Android. Now, I don’t have to wait a year for the crew from Cupertino to bless us with one technological morsel ever 365 days. I’ve enjoyed super fast wireless charging for quite some time now.

    FIL had the same issue and it turned out to be lint in charging connector. Uncoiled paperclip and go to town. I’m sure you’ve tried, just saying.

  7. 3b says:

    Pumps I am a Bronx boy. Lived with minorities. I never said anything about Mexicans in my town. I did say the rental apartments in my town are filling up with immigrant families and their is overcrowding in the schools. That’s a fact. And they are from around the world. What I find amusing is that so many of the liberal homeowners are freaking out about this. So they are liberal as long as it does not affect their property value. Typical liberal hypocrite like yourself.

  8. Hillary's Cankles are ground zero for Zika virus says:

    Not lint, but thanks. Headed to the Apple store in a while. Work calls first.

  9. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    How ironic is it that Pumps’s father was deported for being a criminal? I’m pretty sure the r0tten apple doesn’t fall far from the rotten tree.

  10. The Great Pumpkin says:

    My father was in his early 20’s when he was arrested by the federal govt. He cleaned up his act and was deported by Obama for crime committed over 30 years earlier. He did his time, changed, was a productive citizen, and was screwed over by the govt. Leave me dad alone, he wasn’t the best guy, but he was an honest guy. He payed the ultimate price, so stfu.

    The Original NJ ExPat says:
    September 11, 2017 at 9:55 am
    How ironic is it that Pumps’s father was deported for being a criminal? I’m pretty sure the r0tten apple doesn’t fall far from the rotten tree.

  11. Leftwing says:

    So pumps is real? Would have bet he was a caricature. Or hatched.

  12. Leftwing says:

    And, honestly, sympathies for your family tragedy but how does one get deported by OBAMA? Trump, I get it. Bushes OK. But Obama tossed your family?! WTF.

  13. Fast Eddie says:

    Omg, some of you still think pumpkin head is real?

  14. A Home Buyer says:

    Fast Eddie (11:01) –

    I would wager with 90% confidence that Pumpkin is real. You can cross reference his stories using the NJ property tax database. There was a person who went by his original handle that owns property in the two towns in the stories and works in “finance” per their linkd’in account.

    They are either a real person who is trolling (or perhaps just incredibly hateful and ignorant), or a real troll who latched onto one individual’s ID and who is trolling under their name.

    Really just semantics, but yea.

  15. Juice Box says:

    Co-worker just told me a story today about their kid who identifies as non-binary. Kid is attending a $65k a year school where they are studying all kinds of let’s just say non-traditional subjects with other kids who identify as non-binary.

    I reminded said co-worker of what happened to the hippie counterculture in only a few short years after the MSM lost interest. My co-worker’s face lit up like a light bulb after that realization was turned on in their mind. Let’s just say my good deed for 9/11/17 has been completed.

    Now I am going to go out and double down and buy a stranger lunch.

  16. Grim says:

    Non-binary? Is that like a vegan making a big issue out of their own dietary choices, when nobody else really gives a shit what they eat?

  17. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Messed up thing that no one knows about…..obama deported so many people. I laughed with all the focus on trump with deportations, where was all the rage when Obama was doing it?

    Leftwing says:
    September 11, 2017 at 10:55 am
    And, honestly, sympathies for your family tragedy but how does one get deported by OBAMA? Trump, I get it. Bushes OK. But Obama tossed your family?! WTF.

  18. Grim says:

    Obama deported Europeans, the libs are good with them being deported.0

  19. JJ fanboy says:

    Non binary?

    Man I got a hipster family living in my neighborhood now. The guy wears those stupid hats that only bogart could make look cool, and his wife has hair dyed a color not found in nature

  20. Grab them by the puzzy says:


    We remember everyone we lost on 9/11 and honor all who defend our country and our ideals.
    No act of terror will ever change who we are.

  21. Grim says:

    I don’t see how Equifax doesn’t go out of business…

  22. Grab them by the puzzy says:


    Wife of Trump’s ethics adviser arrested, caught in car with inmate in Fauquier County

  23. Grab them by the puzzy says:


    Wife of Trump Organization ethics attorney arrested after having sex in a car with Fauquier jail inmate

  24. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Insurance companies must be jumping for joy…..they are so fortunate this storm didn’t bring the damage they were expecting.

  25. abeiz says:

    slow day.

  26. Not a deported Grimsky says:

    So, Am I binary?

    I got 2 nuts, a sticks and 2 man boobs.


  27. grim says:

    I would imagine non-binary being more like a Star Trek character and less like David Bowie.

  28. Juice Box says:

    Gender dysphoria has a few cases making their way through the legal system and may one day be possibly federally protected under ADA or some other law, which means you will be forced to use their gender neutral third-person pronouns.

  29. The whitest guy says:

    A term used and almost exclusively coined by Tumblr frequents and Feminists, another entry in the ‘I don’t identify by your standards’ blanket, meaning that asking whether someone’s male or female will be met with overwhelming hostility due to the exclusive nature of being a modern internet Fascist.

    Typically if a person feels the need to include this term in a description of themselves, you can be assured their attitude is dictated by the hypocritical menstrual cesspool that is Tumblr. Expect Daddy issues, self-diagnosed depression, borderline Psychotic defensiveness (known as being ‘triggered’) and a general underlying feeling of extreme unpleasantness if you happen to be a stereotypical white male.
    ‘I’m a Non-Binary Transgendered Race Horse and offering me that bale of hay is essentially rape’

    “So are you a boy or a girl?”
    *Receive 50 anonymous messages telling you you’re an awful person and part of the problem*

  30. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    We were told that we might not want to say “good morning boys and girls” anymore on day 1. It might be offensive.

  31. The whitest guy says:

    In other annoying news, the USB female on my iPhone is permanently broke. One month before the new iPhone comes out and when I’m upgrade eligible (would have saved $30 so no biggie). Apple Store was overloaded and couldn’t get an appointment until Wednesday (SHM) or Thursday (Willowcrook). Went to Geek Squad at Best Buy. Said repair cost more than phone. Ran to Verizon store and bought an iPhone 7S. Saw Apple offers a cheap 32GB model and then jumps to 128 for a sweet $100 profit margin increase. If I was smart and had some free time, I’d buy a used 6 and would resell it in a month. But there are too many apps I use for work that I need immediately. Verizon salesprick tries to sell me everything under the sun and then doesn’t tell me and adds the $12/month protection. I easily removed this at home. Restore of crap from old phone to new phone worked flawlessly fortunately and I’m up and running a mere $800 over 12 months later. Definitely NOT a Captain Cheapo day. On the bright side, it all went so quickly I had time to mow the lawn and transferred the two year old fuel from my generator to the car and loaded the generator with fresh ammo. She still starts first pull everytime. In other news, I smell like a gas station.

  32. grim says:

    Don’t all iPhones break the week before the new ones come out?

    I swear mine is acting all kinds of flaky.

  33. JCer says:

    My work gives me an iphone, personally I have been buying Chinese androids(huawei or oneplus) usually for $200-$300 I get a phone that will work for 2 years, they aren’t iphone good but generally they are really close. Other people at work use the corporate phone as their only phone, I don’t trust it. Too much spyware and if you get laid off they will remotely lock and wipe your phone, my smartphone pretty much contains my entire life so losing it would be debilitating. I welcome my iphone flaking as I can go buy a new one on their dime. Stu, iphones are not for cheapos, my father-in-law otherwise known as worlds cheapest man has a “blu”… phone even I won’t stoop that low, if you really were captain cheap-o that is what you would have. Worse than the “blu” phone is the fact that he hasn’t really purchased any new clothing since 1978, he proudly proclaimed at my wife’s cousin’s wedding that he was wearing the same shoes he wore to his college graduation.

  34. Juice Box says:

    Got to love planned obsolescence fanboys.

  35. STEAMTurd says:

    I like your dad JC!

  36. JCer says:

    father-in-law, I’m not laying claim to that. We went on luxury cruise with him and my Wife’s step mother….that was interesting…..we certainly got some stares from the way he was dressed. A man who pretty much never wears anything more formal than a Hawaiian shirt is now asked to wear somewhat formal clothing, lets just say his collection of 1970’s cruisewear would make Frank costanza from Seinfeld proud.

  37. Phoenix says:

    We were totally can’t call our computer on wheels a COW anymore. Someone got insulted. Can’t use the word Millennial anymore either where I work

  38. Phoenix says:

    Oh and I forgot we can’t call our slave monitors slave monitors anymore. They’re auxiliary monitors now.

  39. R3ntL0rd says:

    @The Whitest Guy, dumped all my (four) iPhones for S8s a month ago. Switched from Verizon to ATT. Couldn’t be happier. And yea, wireless charging is awesome. No more messing with the female ports at night (ok, I had to add that to get everyone’s attention).

    Been an Apple fan for many years and have 5 macbook’s at home.

  40. Way Out West says:


  41. Yo! says:

    I read the article about Newark residents winning the rent control battle. I noticed the councilman admitted he voted for a measure he believed would hurt his constituents.

    As a matter of principle, or just business as usual in NJ?

  42. The whitest guy says:

    “As a matter of principle, or just business as usual in NJ?”

    Time and time again I could show you where politicians voted against the best interests of their residents. Bills in the (DEM majority) NJ Assembly that required all out-of-network physicians performing at in-network hospitals to reveal their position prior to performing on patients have been routinely turned down annually for over better than a decade.

  43. ex-Jersey says:

    Did the “lint” removal from iPhone jack. It was the most satisfying thing I have done in a week.

  44. Guomino says:

    New Jersey is going to implode. Between rent control limiting free markets and insanely high real estate taxes driven by corrupt Democrats that make it so the middle and lower classes can’t buy homes, it’s just a matter of time before NJ becomes the next shining example of liberal failures.

  45. Phoenix says:

    You want some real satisfaction try your belly button next time

    x-Jersey says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    Did the “lint” removal from iPhone jack. It was the most satisfying thing I have done in a week.

  46. Yo! says:


    This article describes the real estate market in a New Jersey town where prices increased 25% last year. Please note this increase is not calculated on a same-house basis and is skewed by the sale of a larger number of waterfront homes compared to the previous period.

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