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Re: Logistics of 2 Family Home in the Heights
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I'll put in my 2 cents here, hopefully it helps.

When looking at a 2-family home like the one you spoke of, because the duplex shared a sewer line, a realtor told me the law required an HOA to be formed and an outside management company to handle payment of water and sewer bills. I don't know if there is such a law, and though it seems silly to use an outside management company just to pay a water bill for 2 units (because there probably won't be much else for them to do), but I think it is a necessary evil because the water/sewer bill has to be paid somehow and who wants to deal with the awkwardness of asking your neighbor for money every month.

Posted on: 4/10 12:28
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Re: New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
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What extra money? With the SALT limitation at $10k, the extra take home is wiped out and then some.


With the lower tax rates, most people still come out paying less. Not that I particularly care for this new tax scheme, it might be worse than anything Ronald Reagan or George Bush Jr. ever did.

Posted on: 3/15 11:48
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Re: Tab for public workers' unused sick days tops $2 billion
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K-Lo2 wrote:
Sick days are banked for sickness. If you aren't sick, you don't take them. If you retire healthy, lucky you, you were healthy, but why do you get to cash them out?


+1

Every job I ever worked that gave me separate sick and vacation time, paid you for your vacation time when you left the job, but gave you nothing for the sick time.

I do not understand New Jersey's logic.

Posted on: 3/14 11:00
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Re: what to bring to jury duty?
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The elevators up to the jury pool room are notoriously slow. Giver yourself extra time to get there. Also, get there early if you want one of those cubicles on the side of the room with more privacy to use a laptop and a power outlet. Those get taken up real fast. The WiFi signal is good though.

They do show the Discovery Channel or some other noncontroversial tv channel on a big screen if you're really bored.

Plenty of good lunch options within walking distance.

Posted on: 2/26 13:01
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Re: I-Team: FBI Investigates Alleged Corruption in Jersey City Police Department
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CatDog wrote:
While it's obvious that the overtime / off-duty program needs a rework...
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Of the roughly 120 cops who joined the force since 2016, 27 made more than $45,000 last year counting overtime, city payroll records show. If their off-duty work is included, 29 topped $60,000.

$37k is an astoundingly low number for a police officer, and $45k with overtime is still really low. Maybe the pay scale needs a total rework so that officers start off with higher numbers and don't get crazy raises to the point of making $250k/year eventually.


It does seem awfully low, however they do get nice pensions and/or that "boat check" when they retire from cashing in their hundreds of unused sick days, a common practice among county and city employees. Never understood that one. Paid sick and vacation days at any job I worked were on a "use it or lose it" policy, although one place I left did pay you for unused vacation days when you quit, but there is no way they'd let it build up to require a very large payout.

Posted on: 2/1 14:15
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Re: CleanChoice Energy
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DouglasReynholm wrote:
Got their New Jersey Resident letter today. Price I receive for first 3 billing months will be 14.80/kw. Thereafter charged at a variable rate. BYE. Anyone else receive this scam?


Run in the other direction. These energy re-sellers result in you having a cheaper rate for a few months, then end up costing you far more in the long run.

Posted on: 1/26 21:31
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Re: Is Downtown JC next? Out-Of-Town Drivers Banned From Using Leonia As Shortcut
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How do they enforce this anyway?

Do they stop the cars, ask to see the license so they can see where the driver lives, and then ask, why are you here?

Then, who's to say the driver will tell the truth anyway?

Posted on: 1/23 12:35
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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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JCGuys wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
No one should live in JC and not contribute to government especially if you vote, so I believe in a city income tax instead of property tax.


HAHAHAHAHA - the last thing Jersey City needs is a city income tax, like NYC.

And renters do pay property taxes indirectly. Where do you think landlords get the funds to pay property taxes on their rental properties, as well as other expenses? NJ's tax code recognizes this and offers a tax break for renters for implied property taxes paid, based on a function of the amount of rent paid.

A city income tax is literally the worst idea I've ever read on JCList. Even worse than the guy who wanted the Port Authority to run double-decker PATH trains to increase capacity...


Literally the worst idea I've ever read as well, and it could never happen anyway. The way the New Jersey law is written, localities in New Jersey have no right to impose their own taxes, other than property taxes. Atlantic City does have a special hotel tax and Newark airport has some kind of parking tax, but both required special state legislation and were a hassle to set up, plus a kickback from those taxes goes back to the state.

Posted on: 1/10 10:53
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Re: Booker T. Washington - No Heat Plagues Tenants - RIDICULOUS!
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I couldn't post on the NJ.com website so I'm posting about this here:

A few comments in response to those people on NJ.com who regard the residents of this complex as freeloaders who pay little or nothing to live at Booker T Washington, and should supposedly work harder to change their situation and live somewhere better where the heat works -


First of all, many of these so-called freeloaders have children living there who have zero control over their economic status. Should the children living there suffer and freeze too?


Second of all, I'm sure many people who live there would live to live elsewhere with better living conditions. But even if you have a job, moving costs money and coming up with a security deposit and first month's rent at a new apartment is not that easy for some people, while they still have their belongings at their old apartment.


Third, regardless of what these residents pay or don't pay to live in the complex and what you think about that, if the heat goes out in the building long enough, the pipes will eventually freeze and burst. This will cost the city even more money to rectify. Is this what you want as a taxpayer?


The way this situation is being handled is just shortsighted at best, and in my opinion, inhumane and unacceptable. I have no problem with my tax dollars going for this (generally), but if the city can't even maintain an emergency phone line properly, there are some serious issues here that need to be handled, YESTERDAY, or else we will all pay even more, both monetarily and potentially in human lives.

Posted on: 1/8 12:14

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Re: $512K payout for top Jersey City cop renews call for reform
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So he has to pay $ 24,700 although he stole more than
$ 31,000, and I assume he still gets his $ 512,000 vacation payout. He retires with a few dollars less, no real fine, no jail time and despite whatever criminal record he now has, it doesn't matter because he's retiring anyway. Whoop de do. He got off so f---ing easy. I'm not sure what sickens me more - the fact that he stole from the housing authority and is not paying it all back, or his ridiculously large vacation payout.

Also, at every job I ever worked, you could not horde vacation days and then cash them out when you quit or retired, it was always a policy of "use it or lose it" with only a small portion of days that could get rolled over to the next year. Really, they don't need to cap vacation day payouts, they just need to change the policy on the number of days you can accumulate and roll over to the next year and be like most other employers. Such an easy answer, yet they can't seem to implement the policy.

Posted on: 1/7 0:40
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I_heart_JC wrote:
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hamhock wrote:
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iGreg wrote:
Well now when trying to get on a train @ 33rd station it is packed out with riders coming up from 23rd who already grabbed a seat.

Amazing how when doors opened half the ppl in the car stayed in place, maybe it's a life hack I'll need to start doing as well.

I used to do that on hot summer late evenings from 9th Street - why wait for the same train to come back down 15 minutes later packed full of people? Ride in comfort.


Yeah this is my late-night go-to maneuver, as well.


Well, don't tell too many people about it, then everyone will get the same idea and it won't work too well anymore.

Posted on: 1/3 0:49
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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mscottc wrote:
It would be really helpful if the Jersey City tax office could post "Preliminary assessments for the 3rd and 4th qtrs, 'subject to the affects of the tax re-val" on the online website." They could just mirror the 1st and 2nd qtr payments. That would help get around the most recent IRS Statement.


You wouldn't be able to deduct prepayments for the 3rd and 4th quarters of next year on your 2017 tax return if they are just "preliminary assessments" and tax rolls not yet certified for those quarters. Doesn't work that way, and no town in America is going to rush out its tax rolls for all four quarters of next year just to give people an extra deduction for this year.

Posted on: 12/28 18:58
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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Adonis wrote:
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:
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Adonis wrote:
I really hope everyone in Jersey City takes advantage of this and pre-pays all that they can in property taxes. Then, when they file their 2017 tax returns in a few months, they will be smacking their heads how they wound up having to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax, ("AMT"), whereby these property tax pre-payments will have offered no benefit at all and in fact will have been detrimental.

Great job Mr. Mayor. Keep up the Trump resistance.


Can you please clarify how someone who normally itemizes would wind up in AMT category by simply paying extra in taxes this year? Please use real numbers/figures and citations.


Sorry. I don't have time to go through all that as if I'm in class and you're the teacher making me prove out my math answer. If you were familiar with the intricacies of personal federal tax returns then you would know this to be true.


The AMT doesn't affect everybody, it really depends on the mix of income and deductions you have. There are even people at certain income levels whose taxes end up as higher under the regular tax rules than under the AMT (these are typically people at the highest of high incomes). But there is probably some truth to the fact that anybody with enough money to prepay all of next year's property taxes likely has enough income to be subject to the AMT.

Furthermore, the IRS is actually silent on the issue as to whether you can deduct prepaid 2018 property taxes in 2017. From what I've read, since Congress didn't address this property tax issue in the legislation (like they did by disallowing deductions for prepaid state income taxes), it's up to the IRS whether the deduction will be allowable on the 2017 returns anyway.

Posted on: 12/22 16:35
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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The often self-appointed leaders of these various neighborhood associations think they represent everyone in their neighborhood and make the city council meetings drag out longer with their stupid questions about every single city resolution out there. Those of us who maybe have one question or want to speak about one thing at a city council meeting but have kids to put to bed and a job to get up for in the morning don't have the luxury of sitting there for hours while all these wannabe politicians fill up all the speaking time. It's annoying and I do not give a damn about what any of them think about a micro-apartment building. The city's planning and zoning departments may leave a lot to be desired but these neighborhood association leaders sure aren't city planners by any stretch of the imagination. No surprise they lost the case and they were idiotic to bring it in the first place.

Posted on: 12/22 16:08
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Re: Pipe Bomb went off in Port Authority in Mamhattan - only bomber injuried
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Regarding the header on this thread, I read other news reports that said four other people (civilians) were injured and taken to hospitals.

Posted on: 12/11 15:17
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Re: AirBnB taking much-needed rentals off the market
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I_heart_JC wrote:
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caj11 wrote:
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JCbiscuit wrote:
There is a brand-new building at 222 First Street that was advertised as Luxury Rentals. One year after opening, nobody has moved in, and all of the units are listed online as short-term vacation rentals.

With the housing crunch DTJC is facing, what can be done to prevent more apartment buildings from turning into ad-hoc hotels?

DeeDee's Lofts at Grove



It's the capitalist society we live in and the free market. Deal with it. Obviously the owner thought it was more lucrative to rent the units out as an AirBnB......
As long as they pay all the necessary taxes and follows the zoning rules, I see no problems with this.


it's even more lucrative to run a bar. maybe I can turn my place into a speakeasy?

this developer got a permit - and tax rate - for an apartment building, and he opened a hotel. his neighbors expected new neighbors, and instead got an endless parade of transients.

JC needs to crack down on this like NYC has, and hold Airbnb to its original intent: facilitating rental of one's spare room or temporarily vacant home.



If the zoning allows for it and you have the right permits, by all means turn your home into a bar.

If this developer needs to be taxed differently or fined for being in violation of zoning laws, so be it.

Posted on: 12/6 22:30
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Re: AirBnB taking much-needed rentals off the market
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JCbiscuit wrote:
There is a brand-new building at 222 First Street that was advertised as Luxury Rentals. One year after opening, nobody has moved in, and all of the units are listed online as short-term vacation rentals.

With the housing crunch DTJC is facing, what can be done to prevent more apartment buildings from turning into ad-hoc hotels?

DeeDee's Lofts at Grove



It's the capitalist society we live in and the free market. Deal with it. Obviously the owner thought it was more lucrative to rent the units out as an AirBnB, and it may very well be, but the added potential return also comes with the added potential risk. AirBnB rentals are short-term while people typically sign yearlong apartment leases. The owner has a greater potential for the units sitting vacant for certain periods. There is also more work with an AirBnB than a regular apartment building- letting guests in and out, cleaning up after every guest that leaves, etc. The owner of the building is willing to deal with all that as well, with a bigger potential return on their investment. As long as they pay all the necessary taxes and follows the zoning rules, I see no problems with this. If the marketplace had adequate demand for another apartment building, another one would be built, or a building would be converted into one. Don't blame AirBnB for Jersey City's housing woes, people have done this sort of thing long before AirBnB ever came along.

Posted on: 12/6 15:36
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Re: Landlord question
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brewster wrote:
I don't know either of these firms, but I do know that "real estate" attorneys typically don't know a thing about Landlord/Tenant, or zoning, or much of anything else. You're lucky if they are thoroughly versed in RE closings and don't forget things like transferring tenant security deposits etc.

L/T attorneys tend to be closer to the bottom of the law heap, and finding a good one is not easy, and those tend to specialize in representing landlords. I cannot recommend one, I could not locate a confidence inspiring one last time I tried.


I know that the latter firm I recommended specifically has handled landlord-tenant matters, and not just "real estate" per se. Alternatively, the OP could ask for a referral through the Hudson County bar association, but it costs $35. Provided you accurately describe your problem, the association will recommend three attorneys that could represent you. They may or may not actually be located in JC, but will be in Hudson County. Here's the link for that:

https://hcbalaw.com/lawyers-referral/

Posted on: 2017/11/27 12:58
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Re: Landlord question
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mle267 wrote:
Thank you to all of you for your helpful suggestions. Does anyone know of a good lawyer that handles these types of questions?
Thanks!


I've used Vince Vyzas for a couple of issues related to real estate and been happy. The bills I received from him were never all that surprising. I don't know if he specifically represents the tenant side of landlord-tenant disputes but he can probably refer you to someone who does.

Although their office is in Kearny, they used to have an office in Jersey City and still do a lot of business in Jersey City. They deal largely by phone anyway. They also have an office in Brooklyn if that is workable for you.

(201) 991-0584 is their Kearny phone number.

http://www.vyzaslaw.com/Contact-Us.aspx

There's also D'Alessandro & Ciekiewicz, which is more of a family law firm but they handle landlord-tenant matters too. They have an office up on Kennedy Boulevard.

http://www.dadlc.com/

Posted on: 2017/11/27 11:27
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Re: Alternatives for getting to JFK airport from Jersey City Thanks in advance.
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If you give yourself enough time, here's another relatively seamless method, if you're not concerned about the traffic.

Take the PATH to 33rd, then walk toward Penn Station, and stop at Sbarro's. The NYC Airporter has regularly scheduled buses to JFK from there (make sure you get on the JFK and not the LGA bus). You can buy your ticket ahead of time online, print it out and show the driver, or just pay cash to the driver.

Check out their website for the schedule:

https://www.nycairporter.com/schedule/pennstationtojfkairport/

I've generally been happy with their service, as long as time allowed for it and you can buy a roundtrip ticket to take the service when you come back.

Posted on: 2017/11/20 13:28
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Re: These New Yorkers Bought a House (in JC) & Went Homeless to Pay for It
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Well, if you don't have kids I guess this is something you can do. Kudos to them for living on so little money, except for the fact that they eat out of garbage cans. While I've been very frugal myself, I draw the line at stuff like that. Dumpster diving is just not my thing. I would enjoy the opportunity to occasionally stay at a $13 million loft though.

Posted on: 2017/11/19 22:22
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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T-Bird wrote:
100,000 is not too high - if memory serves (and there hasn't been a voter roll cleanup in the past couple of years) the number of registered voters is around 130,000.


Yep, 136,720, as of today.


40,695 who showed up to the polls (though some cast votes for a 3rd candidate or nobody for mayor), divided by 136,720 registered voters. 29.77% voter turnout. A lot of people bitch and moan about how nothing ever changes in this city, well I'm guessing at least 70.23% of those bitchers and moaners don't show up to vote.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 14:46
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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T-Bird wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
Actually, I did check, Fulop got 20,000 votes while Healy got 14,000. So I am wrong on the numbers and am willing to admit that.


Actually, Yvonne - you weren't wrong. You're forgetting the close to 4,000 Walker votes and 500 for the other guy who's name escapes me. Turnout was better in 2013 and I was really surprised by that - got to wondering why.

Early turnout yesterday was very strong. Anecdotally, it was as strong or stronger downtown through the morning as it was in 2013. Weather could have been a factor - it was in the low 70s and sunny on the 2013 election day. Yesterday turned really crappy in the afternoon (and cold.) Also - sunset was 8:04 in 2013, compared to 4:45 yesterday.

An uncompetitive governor's race and mayor's race probably also contributed - both sides drove high turnout in the mayor's race in 2013. In wards that had hotly contested council races, I think turnout will end up being comparable but I'll have to check.


Turnout in local elections in Jersey City is still downright pitiful. The city has a population of 260,000. Assuming you reduce that amount by the number of people under 18, convicted felons and as someone else pointed out, recent immigrants and ex-pats, you'd think that there would still be roughly 100,000 eligible voters in this city. The total number of people who voted in the citywide mayoral election was 35,425, a miserable 35% turnout. The fact is NO mayor in the most recent elections in my memory has ever gotten more than about 30% of the vote from eligible voter pool. It's really sad.

Does anyone think that 100,000 eligible voters is too high a number? Reduce it to 70,000, and turnout is still barely above 50%. Still pathetic but then at least it is on par with the turnout rates for your typical presidential election in this country.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 11:35
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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I'm glad that Fulop won, but the fact that a grand total of only 35,000 people voted in a city with a population of 260,000+ is just downright pitiful. I realize that not all of the 260,000 people in the city are of voting age, and there may be some convicted felons who can't vote either, but there has to be, at the barest of minimums, 100,000 people who are eligible to vote.

I was also totally in favor of Fulop's push to move all the elections to November, instead of being split between May and November, because I thought that would help increase overall turnout. But it hasn't.

On another note, I too have received my sample ballot in the mail AFTER the election occurred on multiple occasions (not this one). I don't if the Board of Elections or the crappy post office we have is to blame for that one, but that is a shame too.

Posted on: 2017/11/8 9:11
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Re: Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations in Every Ward
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Getting back to the charging station issue, if people are so concerned about the city subsidizing something that only rich people own, couldn't these charging stations have credit card readers on them, so people actually pay to use them? The city could charge enough for both the operation of them and to recover the cost of installing them. Or does someone with more insight on this topic want to tell me that is not realistic?

Posted on: 2017/11/3 14:49
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Re: Trick R Treating in Hamilton Park area?
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I lived on Monmouth Street and never had more than a handful or people every Halloween.

Posted on: 2017/10/26 13:52
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Re: Building Management Failed to Disclose Parking Restriction and Violated Ordinance 257-6
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You don't need to name the building, but what's the name of the management company? I've heard of a few companies in and around Jersey City with a less than stellar reputation that would do something like this.

Posted on: 2017/10/17 19:20
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Re: New owner/landlord isn't cashing rent checks
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Just curious, how did you get this rent controlled unit? Was it because of your income level and did you have to specially apply for it or something? Not saying you don't deserve to live there, just wondering how it came to be.

Posted on: 2017/10/10 21:24
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Re: Matsikoudis want to expand rent control?
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Yvonne wrote:
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caj11 wrote:
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brewster wrote:
Thinking more about this, I bet it would have the exact opposite effect of what he'd like. If you control the rents of small buildings I bet tons of owners would say fuck it, condo them and sell them off, dramatically reducing the number of rentals.

Rent control is a "zombie idea" that won't die just like supply-side economics, cuz people like to vote their wallets no matter how much evidence there is that it's a failure.


Exactly! Rent control has outlived its usefulness and ends up harming the bulk of the population in non-rent controlled buildings. It cuts off a certain supply of housing from the free market and consequently all the other housing out there is that much more expensive. It kills any incentive for would-be developers to build middle-market housing. The only new rental housing that ever gets built in New York City are the super-high end luxury buildings with rents of $3500 per month or more, which are not subject to rent control or stabilization. Boston and Cambridge ended rent control - and when it ended, investment in housing and repairs went up. While many people left their formerly cheap apartments, most stayed in them, and Boston's first middle market apartment building in over 50 years was built.

Nor do I understand the concept of the below market rent apartments for artists... but not knowing a whole lot about that in the first place (in Jersey City or elsewhere), I will not venture my opinion on that.


You must be a fun person to live with your negative remarks. However, I was around in 1988 and I help collect data for then the Coalition of Fair Taxation, a community group fighting the revaluation. Rent control does not relate to income, I met many 6 figure people living in rent control buildings downtown. It enable them to buy their boat or house at the shore. Taxes are about fairness and the services we all enjoy. It is ridiculous for an one family to pay the freight of a multi-family building.


I think you quoted the wrong post, Yvonne. I didn't say you had Alzheimers, and it seems like we generally agree on the concept of rent control.

Posted on: 2017/10/5 12:18
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Re: Matsikoudis want to expand rent control?
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brewster wrote:
Thinking more about this, I bet it would have the exact opposite effect of what he'd like. If you control the rents of small buildings I bet tons of owners would say fuck it, condo them and sell them off, dramatically reducing the number of rentals.

Rent control is a "zombie idea" that won't die just like supply-side economics, cuz people like to vote their wallets no matter how much evidence there is that it's a failure.


Exactly! Rent control has outlived its usefulness and ends up harming the bulk of the population in non-rent controlled buildings. It cuts off a certain supply of housing from the free market and consequently all the other housing out there is that much more expensive. It kills any incentive for would-be developers to build middle-market housing. The only new rental housing that ever gets built in New York City are the super-high end luxury buildings with rents of $3500 per month or more, which are not subject to rent control or stabilization. Boston and Cambridge ended rent control - and when it ended, investment in housing and repairs went up. While many people left their formerly cheap apartments, most stayed in them, and Boston's first middle market apartment building in over 50 years was built.

Nor do I understand the concept of the below market rent apartments for artists... but not knowing a whole lot about that in the first place (in Jersey City or elsewhere), I will not venture my opinion on that.

Posted on: 2017/10/4 17:50
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