NYC Board Approves Rent Hike for 1M Stabilized Apartments

Rents for NYC’s approximately one million rent-stabilized apartments will increase by 2.75% starting this fall.

NYC Board Approves Rent Hike for 1M Stabilized Apartments

Rents for NYC's approximately one million rent-stabilized apartments will increase by 2.75% starting this fall.

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Good morning. Rent hikes for NYC's stabilized apartments could attract more investors to these buildings. Plus, skyrocketing insurance premiums are squeezing condo associations, hiking up fees, and complicating sales.

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NYC Rent Board Set to Increase Rent for Stabilized Apartments – Again

Rents for NYC's approximately one million rent-stabilized apartments will increase by 2.75% starting this fall. Both tenants and landlords are dissatisfied.

What happened: The New York City Rent Guidelines Board has approved rent increases for nearly one million stabilized apartments. Effective in October, rents for one-year leases will rise by 2.75% and two-year leases by 5.25%. The decision sparked immediate protests from tenants and activists, who demonstrated outside the board's meeting venue at Hunter College.

Zoom in: About 25% of NYC's population lives in rent-stabilized apartments, with a median rent of $1,500 versus $4,250 for market-rate units. Neither tenant nor landlord advocates were satisfied with the board's decision. The board noted landlord incomes rose by 10.4% while costs increased by 6.1%, yet many tenants spend over 30% of their income on rent.

State of play: The demand for workforce and affordable housing in New York City continues to exceed supply. Rent-stabilized properties, crucial for affordable housing, maintain strong rents and low vacancy rates. However, the value of these buildings has likely declined due to broader economic conditions.

➥ THE TAKEAWAY

The opportunity: The approved rent increase could make rent-stabilized buildings more appealing to well-capitalized investors seeking long-term assets. Despite free-market buildings accounting for 60% of multifamily transactions in early 2024, many deals involved rent-stabilized properties. Investor interest remains strong, even with challenges from the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSTPA) of 2019, inflation, and rising interest rates.

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✍️ Editor’s Picks

  • Insurance costs: Condo associations nationwide face soaring insurance costs due to natural disasters and increased rebuilding expenses. An analysis of 1,800 associations across 44 states showed a 20% rise in condo dues from 2022 to 2024.

  • A smarter way: Across the country, many states have created new C-PACE programs to give commercial property owners a new financing tool to blend down the cost of capital. (sponsored)

  • Financial power play: The US currently accounts for one-third of all post-pandemic global capital flows.

  • Canadian blues: PSP Investments reported a -16% return in real estate for the fiscal year, the only negative return among its major asset classes.

  • Bond rally boost: A recent bond rally has boosted stocks, with the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield dropping to 4.212%. Investors anticipate more Fed rate cuts.

🏘️ MULTIFAMILY

  • Market momentum: Freddie Mac's (FMCC) Multifamily AIMI rose by 8.7% in Q1, with property prices dropping 2.4% nationwide and mortgage rates slipping 0.56%.

  • Apartment mayhem: Multifamily occupancy rates are falling in Gulf Coast and Southeast markets, with over 749.6K vacancies nationwide, concentrated heavily in these regions.

  • Shiny new apple: New York multifamily rents are up 2.2% YTD, with a mere 3.2% vacancy rate, offering many opportunities for investors.

  • Granny flats: Starting July 18, San Jose will push accessory dwelling unit (ADU) sales as condos officially become a separate property type from primary homes under AB 1033.

  • Crane catastrophe: A crane fire at Manhattan luxury building 555 Ten caused $82.8M in damages and displaced hundreds of tenants.

  • Nashville population boom: Nashville's growing multifamily market faces an oversupply with a 10.8% vacancy rate and 22K units under construction.

🏭 Industrial

  • Class dynamics: Prologis’ (PLD) Bay Area Market Officer states advanced manufacturing tenants pay 20–30% more than traditional logistics, staying longer.

  • Hyperscale hub: Compass Datacenters begins a $10B project for five hyperscale data centers in Hoffman Estates, IL, with local investment and utility support.

  • Expanding empire: Prime Storage expands in 10 states with 30 acquisitions totaling 1.7MSF across 3.54K units for Prime Group.

🏬 RETAIL

  • Retail reimagined: WHP Global, Simon Property Group (SPG), Brookfield (BN), and Centennial joined forces in a JV to save Express Inc. (EXPRQ), preserving 450 stores and 7K jobs.

  • Mall odyssey: Macerich (MAC) surrenders a Santa Monica Place mall after defaulting on a $300M loan, posting a $127M Q1 loss and struggling to fill stores.

  • Grocery goals: PE real estate firm Sterling Organization raised $600M for funds targeting grocery-anchored centers, with a focus on enhancing potential.

  • Retail Renaissance: Luxury retailers like Prada and Kering are buying iconic buildings for flagship stores due to rising rents and shifting consumer desires.

🏢 OFFICE

  • The greenhouse grows: Boca Raton's Greenhouse Campus, offering modern office space for startups, sold for nearly $16M, highlighting strong market demand.

  • Refinancing success: Howard Hughes Holdings Inc. (HHH) secured $130M to refinance 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive, a 601KSF office building in Texas.

  • Disappearing DTC deals: Two DTC office buildings in Denver’s Greenwood Village sold at a significant loss, dropping up to 87% from previous prices.

🏨 HOSPITALITY

  • High stakes: A renovated Grand Hyatt (H) in Tampa Bay hits the market with a record-breaking $220M valuation and could be the most lucrative hotel deal of the year for the region.

  • Luxury relaunch: After a lengthy ownership dispute, a Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, which has been closed for 4+ years, is finally ready to reopen in September.

  • Retro revival: MCR Development secured $290M in refinancing through Barclays for the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, replacing the existing $270M loan.

📈 CHART OF THE DAY

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