Tricks of the Trade

Landlords Use Obscure Law to Ditch Rent Rules

John Slattery, a freelance photo stylist, pays $800 for a railroad flat in the building. He's worried about the prospect of market-rate rents in his neighborhood, whose marginal status is quickly changing. Slattery is in fact grateful for the public housing development and vacant lots on his block, since they act as a buffer against gentrification. Says Slattery, "The city has nowhere to go but north."

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