To clarify, Brock’s legislation is not to be confused with the “Right to Renew” legislation that was proposed by the Ithaca Tenant’s Union (ITU). According to Brock, the ITU’s bill requires that tenants have a guaranteed right to renew their lease. The only option mentioned in their bill would be eviction, which is costly and time consuming.
According to Brock, this new language is problematic in that it is too broad and can lead to a limited time for landlords and tenants to make appropriate plans. Brock used the example of college students, where rather than having at least 120 days to look for a new house should they not accept a lease renewal, they can be going blindly into a lease because of a lack of time to research a new home efficiently.
“By being able to provide these tenants who have done right, and to have a predictable rate of increase, will allow stability for their futures and their participation in the community,” she said. “This is a community good; this covers a whole variety of quality life issues, which is why I think it’s really essential we implement good cause.”