I wrote about James Harmon, the lawyer and townhouse owner who took his libertarian-ugly case to raise the rents on his stabilized tenants, or toss them, to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has decided, according to the AP, “Nix rent stabilize appeal.”
The original reporting on this weird rich-man case was substantially more ample than…
The Supreme Court Monday refused to hear an appeal from a Manhattan couple seeking to end rent-stabilization laws.
James and Jeanne Harmon had lost earlier court attempts to get the laws thrown out, the most recent of which was a decision last year by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York. The high court refused to review that decision.
The couple inherited a building James Harmon’s parents bought in the 1940s near Central Park on the upper West Side. Three of the rent-stabilized apartments have had tenants or their family members there for years.
The Harmons said rent-stabilization laws force them to rent the apartments at 59% below market rate and argued that by giving the tenants lifetime tenure with succession rights, the government has illegally taken their property.