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( — New York City is losing affordable housing at an alarming rate and needs new laws to protect what’s left, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Sunday.  Silver stood with tenants and other political officials on the steps of City Hall to unveil a report called “The New Housing Emergency,” which shows that the city is losing more than 10,000 rent-protected apartments each year.  “If we do not act quickly to extend our rent laws, millions of working New Yorkers could lose their homes,” Silver said. The state’s current rent laws expire June 15 and must be renewed before then to protect the city’s 1.02 million rent-regulated apartments, Silver said.  But Silver said the state needs to go one step further and strengthen the existing laws, making it harder for landlords to deregulate apartments. The current laws allow landlords to increase the rent when an apartment becomes vacant or when landlords make major improvements to the building.

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