Sunday, July 14, 2019

Tremendous Victory in Albany: 2019 Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act

After years and then finally months and weeks and days of tremendous pressure by tenants, and a change in party-control of the NYS Senate (yay, elections!), we now have the 

The new law will change many things state-wide for tenants.  Instead of making it easier for landlords to replace lower-paying tenants with higher-paying tenants (a great investment tactic for hedge funds), the new law makes it easier for tenants to keep their homes.   The summary below is not complete and is not legal advice. (See some other summaries here and here.)  In addition, the rent laws no longer have an automatic "sunset" date.  They are permanent, which may be why landlords are filing suit in federal court to undo the rent law changes

Click on "read more" for a comparison chart of some of the changes between what we had and what is in the new 

In addition, read explanations about it 

Monday, May 20, 2019

McKee's Media, 5/20/2019


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Protest landlords who abuse housing court - Wed., May 8 at noon

The Right to Counsel Coalition has organized a rally to protest Stellar Management as one of the "worst evictors" :  taking hundreds of tenants to court in the zip codes that have Right to Counsel for low-income tenants.  This includes our zip code: 10025.  

Because tenants were generally represented, the majority were not evicted.  Bringing hundreds of cases that Stellar could only win if tenants were NOT represented suggests an abuse of the Housing Court system. 


at NOON 
in front of Stellar's main office at 156 William Street 
in lower Manhattan.

Take any train downtown to the Fulton Street station in Manhattan. 
William Street is one of the exits from the station. 

Tell Albany: End MCIs and Protect ALL Tenants

MAY 14, 2019 - Take a free bus trip to Albany to let them know:  we need 

  • an end to inflated apartment improvement and "major capital improvement" building increases and 
  • protection for all tenants, not just those lucky enough to be rent stabilized. 

Make your voice heard!  The rent laws expire on June 15th, and Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins need to hear from each of us.  (Click here for a draft letter.)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Time to Act!

The rent laws will be renewed this June in Albany.  
They don't just happen in a void.  The landlord lobby 
is out in force, and tenants have to be louder.  So urge 
our elected officials to support Housing Justice for All.  

May 2, 2019: Testify in person or by email to the NYS Assembly's Standing Committee on Housing.  

 **Click here to view public hearing notice** with details. 

Get on the bus for Albany on May 14th: 

Write letters / email: 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Listen to what landlords actually say - rather than their "poor me" campaign

Ben Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development has posted an interesting article on ANHD's blog: What Do Landlords Talk About When They Talk About Rent Increase Loopholes?  

"Individual Apartment Improvement" rent increases are how landlords hope to "add value" to rental apartments.  The unspoken but necessary step: pushing out the low-rent tenants.

An excerpt is below, but it's worth reading the whole blogpost. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

McKee's Media - March 23, 2019

Denis Slattery: Advocates arrested in civil disobedience action demanding that Cuomo include funds for Housing Stability Support (Daily News)
Denis Slattery: Members of NY Congressional delegation urge Cuomo to include HSS funding in state budget (Daily News)

Spectrum Hudson Valley News: Kingston Common Council begins hearings on housing crisis

Alison Dell, Ximena Garnica, Michael Kozek, Michael McKee, McDavid Moore & Zefrey Throwell: Getting to truth, and solidarity, on Loft Law reform (Gotham Gazette OpEd)

Matthew Haag: Amazon's tax breaks were big. Hudson Yard subsidies are much bigger (New York Times)
New York Times editorial: A pied-à-terre tax will bring revenue New York needs

WCBS-TV: 41 percent of New York City residents say high cost of living will force them to move out of the city within 5 years (VIDEO)

City Limits: Two Bridges neighborhood roiled by mega development, displacement