Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Annual West Side Tenants Conference - Sat., Nov. 1

Come for the terrific workshops, breakfast, lunch, and community - all free.  It's a terrific resource!

West Side Tenants' Conference 
  • Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2014
  • 9 AM to 4 PM 
  • at the Fordham Univ. School of Law at Lincoln Center, 150 West 62nd St. at Columbus Ave.  (Trains: A,B,C,D,1;  Bus:  M11,5,7,10,20,37,57, 104)
RSVP: 212-716-1659.

Monday, October 27, 2014

NYS Atty. Gen. puts "tenant relocator" out of busines (and more articles of interest)

Michael McKee's Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO TENANT ADVOCATES:

Renters March Great!

Photo from Jose Louis' facebook page. 
Photo from Socrates Solano's facebook page

The rally at noon had terrific music and chants, and good speakers, including Congressman Charles Rangel who compared 80% market rate-20% affordable apartment buildings to hospitals in which only 20% of the room were for sick people. Several speakers called for the repeal of vacancy decontrol - since allowing landlords to de-regulate vacant apartments depletes New York City's stock of affordable housing and motivates the harassment so many tenants suffer

Additional speakers (in alphabetical order):  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (a major organizer of the event), Assembly Member Herman "Denny" Farrell, Public Advocate Tish James, Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Attorney John Gorman, and several tenants - all moderated by Tenants & Neighbors' Delsenia Glover.   Apologies to anyone missed here.  (With the music and crowd's enthusiasm, it was hard to see and hear all the speakers.)  

The Renters March was co-sponsored by The Black Institute, the Goddard-Riverside Community Center, the, Northern Manhattan Improvement Coalition, P.A.'L.A.N.T.E., the 
Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association, Tenants & Neighbors, and We Act, among others. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday, Oct. 25 - Tenant March!!

Join the Tenants March 
  • Noon - 3333 Broadway (135th St.)
  • 1 PM - march to Dyckman Street

Why is electrical submetering "additional rent"?

Electrical submetering means landlords buy electricity in bulk and charge tenants according
to the amount each uses, based on a remotely-read meter in each apartment.  In buildings that are heated by electricity, the electric bills can be enormous - particularly where the tenants cannot control how much heat they are getting and the buildings are not energy efficient.

Where tenants can't pay their electric bills, should they face a cut-off of electricity (as would happen if they had a direct contract with Con Ed), or will they be evicted?  The state's housing agency has a standard lease that lets landlords evict tenants.  That should be changed. 

Read excerpts from a FEDERAL (as opposed to STATE) court that just dismissed a case on technical grounds that Yonkers Riverview tenants brought against the federal government's HUD and  the NYS Homes & Community Renewal (formerly DHCR) about submetering evictions.