From the Morning Memo:

Advocates for strengthening and expanding rent control laws in New York were encouraged on Thursday by the unity statement released by the top Democrats in the state Legislature.

But they are still watching for the specifics on the bills as they seek nine measures designed to boost tenants and place more requirements on landlords for housing upkeep and affordability.

And advocates are watching specifically for the approval of a “good cause” eviction provision they say is key for rent protections in the state.

“The Senate and Assembly have to pass a package of bills that protect all tenants from unjust evictions in every part of the state, no matter the size of the rental property,” said Rosemary Rivera of Citizen Action. “The ‘Good Cause’ eviction protection bill will stop arbitrary rent hikes by capping rent increases to 150 percent of the Consumer Price Index and protect tenants from threats and harassment that too often force people out of their homes.”

The Legislature is considering a measure that would also expand rent control outside of the New York City area, allowing local governments to affirmatively opt in and develop a rent regulation board on the local level. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview this week said he was open to the idea.

And housing advocates want Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the same page for the issue, given it’s the first time in a decade Democrats have controlled both chambers of the Legislature as the issue comes up for renewal.

“It’s now or never for renters’ rights,” said the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance in a statement. “We need to undo years of landlord-friendly loopholes, stabilize renter communities, and end the growing homelessness crisis in New York.”