Rent Control Hoboken New Jersey

Rent Control Protections Upheld Twice by Hoboken Voters

Rent Control Protections Upheld Twice by Hoboken Voters
Hoboken Fair Housing Association
November 15, 2013

Hoboken, New Jersey voters have decisively opted to maintain tenant protections in the November 5, 2013 election, exactly as they had in the November 2012 election. In spite of a well-funded opposition and concerns about vote-by-mail irregularities in both elections, the "NO" vote (upholding tenant protections) won by 122 votes, and by 52 votes last year.

These victories have a complicated history that began in the summer of 2012, when a developer/real estate investment group, Miles Square Taxpayers Association ("MSTA"), sponsored a petition-drive initiative to place a proposal on the November 2012 ballot as a local question.

The initiative allowed for permanent exemption from rent control all properties with 4 units or less whenever the current tenant vacated a unit voluntarily or by court-ordered eviction. For buildings with 5 or more units, the landlord would get complete vacancy decontrol (setting rents at whatever s/he wants) for each new tenant.

For the 2012 election, weeks in advance of the ballot printing, the Hoboken Fair Housing Association ("HFHA") members urged the city to change the misleading language of the initiative's ballot question, which read:

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