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New York rent hearings grow rancorous with freeze under consideration
New York rent hearings grow rancorous with freeze under consideration

Hisses filtered through the crowd as Loren Renz lamented the harsh winter's impact on her brownstone near Central Park, a building she bought 35 years ago. She had spent more than $50,000 since January fixing problems related to months of icy weather, Renz told the Rent Guidelines Board, which has the power to decide how much she can charge tenants in her building. "Poor baby," a woman sitting in the audience amid a group of renters muttered sarcastically. Soon, it was the landlords' turn to sneer as the verbal slugfest pitting renters against landlords unfolded last week in a Manhattan auditorium. "Booooooo!" a building owner shouted as a city...

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