Hoboken rent control vote: 'Yes' wins by 65 votes, without counting provisional
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HOBOKEN -- In a very close vote Tuesday night, Hoboken's public question on changing rent control passed narrowly, by 65 votes, including absentee ballots. However, provisional ballots have yet to be counted.

The question asked whether the city should take apartments off of rent control once a current tenant moves out. Buildings with five or more units would go back under control when a new tenant moves in paying the new rent. Smaller buildings would be free from rent control.

A property owners' group has lobbied for the "Yes" vote. Tenant advocates have pushed for the "No" vote.

The city's Rent Control Ordinance goes back to 1973 and limits how much a landlord can raise the rent each year, with certain exceptions. Amendments over the years have changed technicalities of the law, but have not overhauled it. Most apartments in Hoboken built during or before 1987 fall under rent control. (For more details on the city's rent rules, see earlier stories at hudsonreporter.com)

Last year, the same question was asked and narrowly failed, but the property owners' group took the matter to court. So it wound up on the ballot again.

Tuesday night, the outcome was different. The vote with machine and absentee ballots was 4,980 in favor of the change and 4,915 against.

It is uncertain as yet whether the provisional ballots will change the outcome. In addition, in such a close race, the side that ultimately loses has the option of challenging the outcome in court.

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VoteNoAgain
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November 17, 2013
They did post an update soon after this, apparently the clerk's office gave the wrong information out at first (nj.com said that there was a counting error at the clerk's). I did want to thank the Reporter for printing my letters on this issue last year and this year. I wanted to say that I don't think the battle is over yet and I hope everyone stays involved and knows what we are up against now. Make no mistake they will have something else for next year's ballot so we can't get complaisant. Don't close your eyes!
TommyLover
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November 09, 2013
For christ's sake: WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN CORRECTED!!!

THE TENANTS WON!!

LET ME DO YOU JOB FOR YOU CAREN:

Yes: 5044

NO: 5122

I know many at the reporter are pissed about the results but tough toenails.

THANK YOU HOBOKEN FOR COMING OUT AND DEFENDING YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. AND VOTING TO KEEP HOBOKEN A COMMUNITY EVERYONE CAN LIVE IN.
johnozed
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November 07, 2013
Hoboken Public Question No. 1

40/40 100.00%

Vote Count Percent

Yes 4,948 49.50%

No 5,047 50.50%

Total 9,995 100.00%
johnozed
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November 07, 2013
Here are the results from the Hudson county clerk website:

Hoboken Public Question No. 140/40 100.00%

Vote Count Percent

Yes 4,948 49.50%

No 5,047 50.50%

Total 9,995 100.00%

You might want to amend your original posting.
johnozed
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November 07, 2013
posted on 11/7/2013 at 2PM
Sparkked
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November 06, 2013
A great result!
johnozed
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November 06, 2013
How a group based in Edison NJ can come to Hoboken and lose an election, have that overturned and have another election, this time with deeper pockets while under the guise of 'helping out the small landlord' is beyond me.

You can always depend on the people of Hoboken to be easily mislead and vote against their own best interest which is exactly what MSTA knew and achieved.

Welcome to the slippery slope. Hoboken is doomed.
Hobo87
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November 06, 2013
Might want to double check. Jersey Journal now reporting the numbers above are a mistake and 'no' won, which is also what the County Clerk website says.