In a setback to the nation’s rental housing industry, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that changes made to New York’s rent control law in 2019 are constitutional.

The ruling in federal court came more than one year after the court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging New York City’s rent stabilization law, commonly referred to as the RSL.

The California Apartment Association and several other groups that advocate for private property rights, including the National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association, Cato Institute, and Pacific Legal Foundation, filed amicus briefs supporting the challenges in 2021.

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