Mayor Appoints Nestor Davidson as Rent Guidelines Board Chair

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On March 10, 2023, Mayor Eric Adams announced the appointment of Nestor Davidson as the new chair of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. The Rent Guidelines Board is responsible for establishing rent adjustments for the over one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law. The Board consists of nine members who are all appointed by the Mayor. 

Nestor Davidson is a Harvard University and Columbia Law School graduate and an expert in affordable housing and land use law. He previously served as special counsel and principal deputy general counsel at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also served as a clerk for former Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He was a New York State Housing Finance Agency board member for six years. Davidson currently serves as the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University School of Law. He is the founder and director of Fordham Law’s Urban Law Center. He previously taught at the University of Colorado Law School and Columbia Law School. 

Mayor Adams stated, “Nestor Davidson brings the experience and expertise New Yorkers deserve in a leader at the Rent Guidelines Board. I am confident he will be a faithful steward of our city’s rent stabilized housing stock while rooting his decisions in facts and data. Rent stabilization is one important part of our affordable housing ecosystem, and our administration will always continue using all of the tools in our toolbox to make New York City more affordable, to create the housing we desperately need, and to support working people.”

Chair Davidson stated, “I am deeply honored that Mayor Adams has given me the opportunity to serve our great city as chair of the Rent Guidelines Board. Affordable housing has been a passion of mine throughout my career, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the staff of the board to help advance the board’s critical work.”

By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the CityLaw fellow and a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2018.)

Mayor’s Office: Mayor Adams Appoints Nestor Davidson as Rent Guidelines Board Chair (March 10, 2023).





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