Monday morning, April 23rd brought good news to all residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village as well as to rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants throughout the city. The United States Supreme Court declined to accept for review an adverse ruling of a lower court in the case of Harmon, James et al v. Kimmel, in which a single New York City landlord attempted to overturn all of New York State’s rent laws as an outgrowth of his long-time effort to oust a single rent-stabilized tenant.
“We’re all grateful that the Court declined to hear this case,” said ST/PCV Tenants Association president Al Doyle. “All of us have been holding our breath hoping that the Court would not take a case that threatened the ability of more than a million New Yorkers—ourselves included—to afford to remain in their homes. We can now turn our attention back to our efforts to strengthen those same rent laws.”
In their case the Harmons had challenged the Constitutionality of New York State and New York City Rent Stabilization laws. Their case had previously been dismissed by the lower Federal Courts. The April 23rd disposition ensures that, as a practical matter, these laws are free from any further Constitutional challenges.