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Albany tenants are burdened by increasing rents, all while dealing with poor maintenance and unresponsive management. 35% of Albany renters are rent burdened, meaning they pay more than a third of their income to rent alone. It's time for change- it's time Albany tenants take back control! 

Big Update

The City of Albany has started the vacancy study! Scroll to learn more about next steps for tenants.



The Emergency Tenant Protection Act is a New York State law that allows any municipality (city, town, village, etc.) to opt-in to rent stabilization. This would create a Rent Guidelines Board that would determine the maximum change in rent for the next year. By opting-in to ETPA, eligible tenants will also have Good Cause Eviction protections, meaning tenants will be protected from retaliatory or discriminatory evictions and be entitled to renew a lease.


You are eligible if your building...

Was built before 1974

Has 6 or more units


41 municipalities across New York State has already opted-in to ETPA- most recently including Kingston and Newburgh in upstate. Now, it is Albany's time to 
According to UTA collected data, 44% of tenants in 2023 didn't have an active lease. By opting into ETPA, every eligible tenant would have the right to decide if they wanted a one-year or two-year lease. When you don't have a lease, your stability isn't protected.

At any moment, your landlord can give you an eviction notice, or increase your rent to something they know you can't afford. Holdover evictions have increased nearly 50% between 2022 and 2023, representing nearly 30% of eviction filings. 

But if  a tenant has ETPA, they have Good Cause Eviction protections, the right to a lease, and power over how much their rent will be increased in the foreseeable future. 

In order to opt-in to ETPA, the city must conduct a 'vacancy study' of eligible buildings to determine if there is a 'housing emergency.' This is defined as having less than 5% of eligible units vacant. Importantly, if 'substantial renovations' have been conducted on those properties since 1974, they are no longer eligible. This makes it difficult for us to know exactly how many properties would qualify under ETPA. 

UTA estimates that approximately 391 properties in the city are eligible, representative of more than 4,400 units.
In October 2023, our volunteers knocked on over 1,000 doors to get money allocated for the vacancy study in the city's budget- and won!

Our First Win!

Our Roadmap to Win 

Where are we now?
We have started to conduct the study! The City of Albany mailed out the vacancy survey on March 27th to landlords. Now, we must make sure tenants are prepared to turn out to the Common Council Public Hearing to ensure we opt in.

  • No! Right now, there are no legal protections stopping landlords from large rent increases. The law only states what the appropriate timeframe is to inform tenants of an increase larger than $50 (or 5% of rent, whichever is lower). If the landlord informs the tenant of the increase legally, that increase is valid- whether it is $50 or $200!

  • Unfortunately, no! In July 2021, Albany made history by passing a local Good Cause Eviction law. However, in March 2023, it was struck down by the highest New York State courts- siding with landlords and real estate over tenants! 

    The fight for Good Cause Eviction continues statewide. You can find out more and how to get involved here

    While we push for these protections statewide, opting-in to ETPA will bring Good Cause Eviction protections to roughly 12,000 Albany tenants. 

  • Yes. If you are interested in working to make sure the City of Albany opts in, get in touch with UTA at the Get Involved tab. 

    If you are an eligible tenant, make sure you are talking to your neighbors about the upcoming possibilities. It would also be very helpful for you to keep in contact with your Common Council Member about the progress of the study. They need to hear from you to know they have your support. It is also helpful to attend Common Council public comment sessions, so that City officials are seeing and feeling public pressure to conduct the study. 

    UTA is canvassing eligible properties every two weeks on Saturday from 1-4. This is a great way to keep the public informed and collect contact information of eligible tenants.

  • The pre- 1974 requirement is just based on New York City's first passage of their rent stabilization laws. That, and the 6 or more unit requirement, are unnecessary and unhelpful for many tenants. There is a push to amend the statewide law to expand eligibility. To learn more and get involved with the push for expansion, please contact United Tenants of Albany.

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