Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Upcoming Events

(1) Miniature Golf Tournament: TenantsPAC Fundraiser with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30-9PM (see "read more" for details)

(2) Met Council on Housing's Membership Meeting and Pot Luck on Thursday, July 21, 2016
6:30-8PM at Goddard Riverside, 573 Columbus Ave. (corner 88th St.) in Manhattan

Sunday, July 10, 2016

NYS should tell tenants when their building has a tax break that affects them!

See the terrific articles on J-51 buildings and their occupants, by Cezary Podkul of ProPublica.

"NY Isn't Telling Tenants They May Be Protected from Big Rent Hikes"
"This is What NY's 'Voluntary Compliance' for Landlords Looks Like" !

From ProPublica:
Meet the NYC Tax Break That Could Save You From Eviction Or A Big Rent Hike
A property tax benefit known as J-51 can mean the difference between a rent freeze and a sharp increase. Here is how to find out if your building qualifies.

Help Us Investigate New York City Rents

Is your rent legal? It might not be. Your landlord might be charging you too much, and we want your help figuring that out.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

AirBnB is short changing NYC. Read the MFY/HCC Report

Short Changing New York City
The impact of Airbnb on New York City’s housing market

Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) and MFY Legal Services (MFY) have published a new report "Short Changing New York City: The impact of Airbnb on New York City’s housing market.”  

The report analyzes Airbnb’s booking data for 2015
. . . . 
Ninety percent of the NYC  listings on Airbnb are located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and further concentrated in a handful of communities.  55% of the listings are for entire apartments/homes in apparent violation of the Multiple Dwelling Law.  The report is attached, and also liked below. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RGB Freezes Rents for Second Year in a Row

The Rent Guidelines Board has decided:  

For Rent Stabilized tenants who renew their leases any time from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 :

  • 1-year leases: NO INCREASE.   
  • 2-year leases: 2% increase.

  • Tenants with "preferential rents" (those lower than the Legal Regulated Rent), 
  • Tenants facing Major Capital Improvement (building-wide) or Individual Apartment Improvements increases.
  • Rent controlled tenants who have an annual 7.5% increase(!)

Monday, June 27, 2016

RGB's final vote: Monday, April 27 at 6 PM


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Tenants from across the City are coming together to make our voices heard. Rents are too high and the Rent Guidelines Board can change that!


Monday, June 27, 2016

6 PM

The Great Hall at Cooper Union

Trains: No. 6 to Astor Place – Cooper Union