Rent Control Nightmare

Posted on October 30th, 2011

Hoboken landlord Fritz Haas describes how a rent-controlled tenant and his lawyer shook him down for more than $100,000. Amendments to our city's rent control ordinance—which the council passed unanimously earlier this year—would limit this kind of abuse. And now radical tenant activists want to repeal these modest reforms. On November 8, please vote 'NO' on Question #2. For more information, visit our friends at www.hobokenmsta.org.


Posted in Commentary    Tagged with Fritz Haas, Rent Control, Mile Square Taxpayers Association


3 Comments

scott siegel - November 7th, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Please be aware that this video was posted on Hoboken411. Note that it no longer available there. You are using similar offensive and derogatory language. My attorney is still debating whether to sue 411 or not. The debate may be moot this he rescinded the story. I would suggest you do the same or otherwise hire yourself a good lawyer. The video is additionally the intellectual property of MSTA. You may have committed theft on them as well.
scott siegel - November 7th, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Additionally my situation had absolutely nothing to do with rent control. My landlord attempted to serve a total of eight tenants with a 30 day eviction notice, so we hired a lawyer who informed us that violated NJ state law regarding eviction, not rent control. I have never argued my rent. Tenants, like home owners are protected from removal, except in special circumstances, such as failure to pay rent or mortgage or eminent domain. 7 of the tenants (including myself) accepted a buyout of our leases. One tenant refused (that is her right under the law) and 1 of the 3 buildings will remain rental, while 2 are/will be single family homes. In consideration for that my landlord netted over $3 million tax free. Good for him. Similar eviction laws exist in almost every state in America. The same is also true with commercial leases. Do you know Battaglia's home center? They had a spot on Washington St. Someone wanted that spot, so they paid Battaglia's to vacate their lease. Good for the new lessees. I also urge you to buy the DVD of Nora Jacobson's "Delivered Vacant" @ http://www.offthegridproductions.com/pages/films/vacant.html. This details how tenants were paid to relinquish their leases 25 years ago in accordance with NJ state law. It also shows how greedy landlords where tenants refused to leave were sometimes burned out of their homes, leading to loss of life. The crimes were never solved. Additionally we were harassed, long term privileges were revoked and needed repairs were not done. In the end my landlord made enough money to comfortably retire and I and the others are no longer involved in a hellish situation. Next time, try to get your facts straight. You should have contacted me for my side of this story. If you want people to vote no on Question 2, please use a story relevant to the issue.
Scott Siegel - November 8th, 2011 at 10:09 AM
For the second time, my case had to do with EVICTION, not RENT CONTROL. My landlord thought that all the tenants were pieces of garbage to thrown out at his whim. As a Republican I believe in the rule of law. Obviously the HRC does not, otherwise you would be citing a real rent control problem. You also do not believe in the 1st Amendment, otherwise my comments would be posted. You are nothing more than a fraud to my party. Sorry, but I have to go back to calling 2nd Ward Republicans and urging them to vote for our candidates. What have you done for our candidates? Absolutely zip.

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