Wednesday, October 4, 2017

End Vacancy Bonus and Preferential Rent Loopholes!


Sign the Real Rent Reform (R3) petition to end to vacancy bonus and preferential rent loopholes.

Almost 240,000 NYC families live in a rent stabilized apartment with a preferential rent - a discount that can be taken away at lease renewal leading to a sudden increase of hundreds of dollars. The vacancy bonus gives landlords a 20% increase in rent each time an apartment turns over, providing an incentive for harassment of long-term tenants.
Tell your State Senator that we need them to pass tenant protection bills that stop rents from spiraling out of control. We need Real Rent Stability.

En Español below.

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La Estabilizacion de la Renta esta supuesta a limitar los aumentos de esta y mantener nuestros hogares acsequibles. Pero los caseros en NYC y sus lugares aledaños estan tomando ventaja de dos vacios legales en la ley y estos son la renta preferencial y el bono por apartamento vacante, para explotar los inquilinos. Casi 240,000 familias en NYC viven en apartamentos de renta estabilizada con renta preferencial- un descuento que puede ser removido al renovar el contrato de arrendamiento llevandonos rapidamente a aumentos de cientos de dolares. El bono le da a los caseros 20% de aumento en la renta cada vez que un inquilino entrega el apartamento, incentivando el hostigamiento a viejos inquilinos.
Digale a su Senador Estatal que necesitamos aprobacion de propuestas de leyes que protejan los inquilinos para parar el aumento de rentas girando fuera de control. Necesitamos Estabilidad de Renta Real.

Help Tenants PAC celebrate 20 years of fighting for tenants



Tenants' PAC
Help Tenants PAC celebrate 20 years of fighting 
for tenants & join us in honoring one of our founding 
board members:
New York State Attorney General
Eric T. Schneiderman
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
32BJ SEIU
25 West 18th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues), 
 Manhattan
Fifth floor conference center
Special Guest: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, 
next Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
Or you can mail a check, payable to Tenants PAC, to:
Tenants PAC, 277 Broadway, Suite 608, New York NY 10007.

Tenants PAC's 20th anniversary and Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 10/3/2017



Tenants' PAC
Celebrate Tenants PAC's 
 20th anniversary
Wednesday, November 8    
6:30 -- 9:00 pm
Guest of Honor: 
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Special Guest: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, 
next Majority Leader of the New York 
State Senate

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 9/29/2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 9/25/2017



Tenants' PAC

 Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates Sept. 13, 2017



Tenants' PAC
Save the date: 
Help celebrate Tenants PAC's 
20th anniversary!

With our guest of honor:

Eric Schneiderman
New York State Attorney General & 
founding board member of Tenants PAC
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
32BJ
25 West 18th Street, Manhattan
Details to follow.
For more information:
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:


Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates Sept. 11, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Help Get Out The Vote for pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council



Tenants' PAC
Help Get Out The Vote 
for pro-tenant candidates 
for NYC Council
The Democratic Primary election is 
Tuesday, September 12

Tenants PAC has endorsed candidates 
in 26 of the 51 races for New York City Council. 
Some of our candidates do not have primary
 opponents, or have only token opposition.

But several of them are involved in very competitive 
primaries, and need YOUR help. Elections are not 
won with targeted mailings, or with advertising – 
they are won by the grunt work of reaching out to 
individual voters, through door knocking, phone 
banking, street corner visibility, and similar activities, 
including Election Day Get Out The Vote efforts. 
Click on "Read More" below to see how you can 
help. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tenants PAC endorsements in Sept. 12 primary elections



Tenants' PAC
Tenants PAC endorsements 
for Tuesday, September 12 
Democratic Primary elections:

McKee's Media - 8/29/2017

Stand for Tenant Safety bills become law 8/25/2017

Eighteen"Stand for Tenant Safety" bills have now become law.  Meant to discourage harassment by construction, the new laws expand the definition of "harassment," raise penalties for violations, create an Office of Tenant Advocate in the Department of Buildings, and more . Click on "read  more" for the full list.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/28/2017



Tenants' PAC


Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

The Real Deal: Real estate donors dump cash into races for City Council open seats
https://therealdeal.com/2017/08/25/take-the-money-and-run-for-office-real-estate-is-donating-to-these-city-council-candidates/

New York Post: Legal Aid Society files lawsuit to give homeless New Yorkers in cluster housing the protections of rent stabilization
http://nypost.com/2017/08/27/thousands-of-homeless-new-yorkers-could-be-treated-as-legal-tenants/

DNA Info: Gale Brewer says de Blasio ignores resident concerns in East Harlem rezoning

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170824/east-harlem/el-barrio-rezoning-gale-brewer-mayor-bill-de-blasio?mc_cid=b84943a4f6&mc_eid=aa50093a8c

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/24/17



Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Daily News: City Council bill would create independent commission to decide where new homeless shelters should be located

Shelly Nortz: City Council's Fair Share amendment would hamper NYC's ability to shelter homeless New Yorkers (City & State)



Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/22/2017



Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:

Baltimore Sun: Jared Kushner's firm seeks arrest of Maryland tenants to collect debts
Ross Barkan: How corrupt Bronx politicians helped Donald Trump cut his first big deal (City & State)
City Limits: Despite strong neighborhood opposition, de Blasio moves forward with rezoning the Jerome Avenue corridor
Steve Wishnia: City Council passes 11 bills of 12 bill-package to curb construction as harassment; 12th bill still being negotiated (The Indypendent)

Help pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council



Tenants' PAC
Help pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council
Tenants PAC has endorsed candidates in 26 of the 51 races for New York City Council. Some of our candidates do not have primary opponents in the September 12Democratic primary, or have only token opposition.
But several of them are involved in very competitive primaries, and need YOUR help. Elections are not won with targeted mailings, or with advertising – they are won by the grunt work of reaching out to individual voters, through door knocking, phone banking, street corner visibility, and similar activities, including Election Day Get Out The Vote efforts.
There are 24 days remaining until the Tuesday, September 12 primary. Please volunteer to help one or more of the following candidates endorsed by Tenants PAC. If you can give a few hours between now and September 12, and if you can do GOTV work on September 12 (the polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm) you will be helping to make sure the new City Council is still pro-tenant.
It is best to get in touch with the campaign's field director before showing up – helps them plan.

The following Tenants PAC-endorsed candidates need your help:
MANHATTAN:
                Carlina Rivera
                Keith Powers
                Ben Kallos
                Helen Rosenthal
                Mark Levine
                Diana Ayala (part Bronx)
                Bill Perkins
BRONX:
                Marjorie Velazquez
                Randy Abreu
                Elvin Garcia
QUEENS:
                Francisco Moya
                Hettie Powell
BROOKLYN:
                Antonio Reynoso
                Ede Fox
                Carlos Menchaca
                Brian Cunningham
                Alicka Ampry-Samuel
                Khader El-Yateem
STATEN ISLAND:
                Deborah Rose
Details follow on all these races. Here is contact information for each of the campaigns:
(Please report any errors to Michael McKee at mmckee@tenantspac.org.)

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/18/2017



Tenants' PAC
Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates:
DNA Info: StreetEasy report finds NYC rents rose twice as fast as wages in last 7 years, except for the richest New Yorkers
New York Post: More than 500 NYC buildings are likely vacant, could be sites for affordable housing
The Real Deal: Developer puts 74 rent-stabilized Manhattan House apartments on the market
DNA Info: DiNapoli audit finds violations with Mitchell-Lama wait lists
Ross Barkan: Democrats who supported IDC in the past reverse themselves after racist attack by Dan Loeb on Andrea Stewart-Cousins (Village Voice)
State of Politics: NYS Republican chair Ed Cox praises Jeff Klein & the IDC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 8/15/2017



Tenants' PAC

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates: 

New York Times: Organized by Housing Rights Initiative, Brooklyn tenants sue Kushner Companies, claiming systematic violation of rent laws

Daily News on the Housing Rights Initiative lawsuit against Jared Kushner's family firm