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Ithaca passes good cause eviction protections: What does it mean?

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The Ithaca Common Council voted 8 to 2 on Tuesday to adopt Good Cause Eviction Protections, becoming the fourth city outside New York City to do so. This new law will shield nearly all Ithaca renters from sudden rent increases and unfair evictions, ensuring lease renewals for tenants who pay rent and follow their lease terms.

Mayor Robert Cantelmo, who supported the measure, will sign it into law. Only Alders Shapiro and Fabrizio opposed the legislation. The vote is a significant win for the Ithaca Tenants Union and other local advocacy groups who have long campaigned for tenant rights.

Once enacted, landlords must show a “Good Cause” for eviction or non-renewal, such as non-payment of rent or lease violations. This law aims to provide renters with stability and protection from unjust practices.