Thursday, April 23, 2015

Has your legislator signed on to Repeal Vacancy Deregulation?

Why do landlords try to get rent regulated tenants out?  
If an apartment is vacant, it's easier to claim the rent is at least $2500 and permanently take it out of rent stabilization or rent control. 

To stop harassment and cheap offers to buy tenants out of their apartments, Albany must repeal vacancy deregulation. 

Urge your legislator to co-sponsor the bill, A.1865-A, that repeals Vacancy Deregulation and re-regulates 98 percent of the apartments that have been lost to Vacancy Deregulation in the last two decades, and to support the repeal of vacancy deregulation and the re-regulation of thousands of apartments.

Wed. April 29 Rally for a Rent Roll-Back before Rent Guidelines Board Preliminary Vote

When NY City's Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) votes in June, will it raise stabilized rents - and therefore landlords' incomes - even higher above inflation while tenant incomes continue to drop?  
Join other tenants at Herald Square on 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 at 5 PM before RGB's Preliminary Vote.  

And read the testimony of Tom Waters and Victor Bach of the Community Service Society asking for a rent roll-back.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Geography of Rent Regulation - by District

Tom Waters of the Community Service Society has analyzed where rent-regulated apartments are located in the five boroughs of New York City. Use it as we organize and mobilize tenants to pressure their state legislators to fight for stronger rent protections between now and the June 15 sunset of the rent laws.


There are nearly million rent regulated apartments in New York City, which offer important affordability protections for tenants. The current law governing rent regulation will expire in June 2015 and will be up for renewal by the New York State legislature in its new session, beginning this January. The question before legislators will be whether to strengthen the existing law by preserving existing units and protecting affordability; or whether to allow the ongoing process of vacancy deregulation by which previously regulated apartments become subject to market rates.

A Second Life for the Mitchell-Lama Program

City Limits: A second life for the Mitchell-Lama program? (New CSS report)  reviews a terrific new report by Tom Waters and Victor Bach of the Community Service Society: 

Reinventing the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program: A Second Life for Mitchell-Lama?

What's next in the rent fight?

By: Michael McKee, April 2015
Excerpt:  Tenants’ only hope for not getting screwed this year rests with our friends, the Assembly Democrats.  We know the Senate Republicans will look to do the landlords’ bidding, but if the Assembly Democrats do not stand strong, we will lose.

The state rent laws will certainly be renewed in some fashion, but the key question is how they might be changed. Current rent laws have led to the deregulation of roughly 400,000 units of affordable housing, through loopholes that allow landlords to deregulate units and to jack up still-regulated rents to force tenants out. A “straight extender” that simply renews the current laws would be a defeat, because these loopholes would continue to eliminate thousands of units of rent-regulated housing every year.

May 14 - the March to Save New York!

Thursday, May 14, 2015  at 5 PM - Foley Square

Join the Real Rent Reform Campaign and the Alliance for Tenant Power at the MARCH TO #SAVENYC!