What is the purpose of good cause eviction law?

The proposed good cause eviction legislation codifies an existing practice in Albany City Court landlord-tenant proceedings wherein a landlord seeks a judicial warrant of eviction against their tenant. This legislation will prevent landlords from removing their tenants without first obtaining an order from an Albany City Court judge. Good cause eviction law flips the script. Under a good cause eviction statute, each tenant in the City of Albany will be entitled to a renewal lease and protection against an unconscionable rent hike, unless the landlord can substantiate a good cause for the tenant’s eviction. The proposed legislation outlines common sense and practical grounds for eviction. A landlord must satisfy only one of the grounds for eviction before a judge may grant the warrant of eviction against the tenant. 

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1. What is the purpose of good cause eviction law?
2. What are the proposed grounds for eviction?
3. Does this legislation disrupt the process by which a landlord secures a judicial warrant of eviction against a tenant?
4. Is this rent control?
5. If this legislation is enacted, will a landlord be able to evict a tenant that is creating a nuisance for other tenants or damaging the property?
6. How is this legislation different from the New York State Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act that was recently enacted in 2019?
7. Will this legislation prevent a landlord from increasing the rent if the landlord has made repairs or improvements to the premises?
8. Will this legislation prevent a landlord from negotiating with their tenant to exit the property?
9. How long with Residential Occupancy Permits last according to the proposed legislation?
10. Will Residential Occupancy Permit fees increase under the proposed legislation?
11. Are residential dwelling units being held to a higher standard under the new Residential Occupancy Permit rules?
12. Under what circumstances will the Buildings Department revoke a Residential Occupancy Permit?
13. What additional obligations does a property owner have under the proposed Residential Occupancy Permit?