It is appalling that Newsday would take the side of wealthy landlords over the thousands of Nassau County tenants who rely on rent regulation to afford their housing ["Regulated rents outdated," Editorial, April 3].

Young Nassau residents and senior citizens are fleeing the county. Our incomes are simply not keeping up with price of housing, and the elimination of a system that allows tenants to stay in their homes would be devastating for working people.

I once lived in a rent-regulated apartment in Hempstead, and I can promise you that neither I nor any of my neighbors had second homes in the Hamptons. Taking a single anecdote and implying that most rent-regulated tenants aren't "hurting financially" is irresponsible and the opposite of the truth.

Tenants of rent-stabilized apartments have a median income of $36,000, according to the Rent Guidelines Board. As we continue to lose hundreds of affordable units every year to vacancy decontrol, it is clear we need to strengthen our rent laws, not eliminate them.

Diane Goins, Hempstead

Excellent editorial. This problem could be solved very easily by causing the state, which will not allow a landlord to charge market rent, to pay the landlord the difference between the market rent and the controlled rent.

William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood