Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why is "Preferential Rent" a scam? ProPublica explains

ProPublica

The article is VERY LONG with great statistics, so this is just an excerpt.

New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze

Thanks to a 2003 state law, owners of rent-stabilized apartments can arbitrarily boost rents to a legal maximum that they set themselves. The tactic fosters gentrification, eviction and homelessness.

Friday, March 31, 2017

State Court upholds rent freeze and other Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 3/28/2017



Tenants' PAC


STATE COURT UPHOLDS RENT FREEEZE!!!  (Landlords likely to appeal)

421-A
Latrice Walker & Kevin Parker: Dump 421-a, Donald Trump's favorite tax giveaway (Daily News OpEd)
FEDERAL $ SHENANIGANS AFFECTING NYC HOUSING

ALBANY

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 3/16/2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 3/2/2017


 Tenants' PAC

March 2, 2017

FIGHT PREDATORY EQUITY
421-A

TENANT PROTECTION

SUIT RESULTS IN HIGHER RENT SUBSIDIES

Monday, February 27, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/23/2017



Tenants' PAC
DEVELOPMENT & LANDLORDS

421-a TAX BREAK
Tenant/Inquilino: Cuomo's rebranded 421-a an even bigger giveaway to luxury developers  (Will the Assembly Democrats stop this boondoggle, or roll over for it?)

BUDGET & SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

HOMELESSNESS

STAYING IN MITCHELL-LAMA
Habitat Magazine on the dilemma facing Mitchell-Lama coops

Below:
Albany politcians and Trump
Constitutional convention
Elections
Ethics
Miscellaneous


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/16/17



Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/17/17



Tenants' PAC

421A

REZONING, DEVELOPMENT, TENANT DANGER
  
AIR BnB

CUOMO HOUSING POLICIES: UNAFFORDABLE
Delsenia Glover & Jeremy Saunders: Andrew Cuomo's housing policies

END TO NUISANCE LAW EVICTIONS WITHOUT WARNING


Below:
Elections
Mayor de Blasio's State of the City address
IDC Turncoats in State Senate
Miscellaneous
Anti-Trump Activity

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/11/17



Tenants' PAC
MILLIONAIRE TAX
Capitol Connection: Cuomo asks if tax on millionaires is so bad, why 
haven't they left New York State?

IDC TURNCOATS
Kings County Politics: Jesse Hamilton says attacks on him for
 defecting to IDC are racist and sexist
Observer: Jesse Hamilton closes district office rather than 
face protesters
Ross Barkan: Meet the most vulnerable fence-sitting Democrat
 in Albany (Village Voice)
Gothamist: Rogue Democrats in IDC face wrath of the Trump
 resistance
Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC): Times reporter Vivian Yee on the
 IDC backlash 
(14-minute audio) 
Politico: Queens County Democratic Party might run candidate
 against Peralta 
in next year's primary
Kings County Politics: Diane Savino says solution to Democratic
 disunity in 
 state senate is to make Jeff Klein the leader
Thanks, IDC! (new web site)
DNA Info: Petiton calls on Peralta to leave the IDC
 or resign

KUSHNER vs. TENANTS
The Real Deal: Kushner Williamsburg building plagued 
by rodent 
infestation
New York Patch: Video of rat crawling across baby's crib
 in Kushner Williamsburg building

DEVELOPMENT
City Limits: City picks developer for East Harlem site, 
to widespread community disappointment

Below:
Elections

Ethics
DHCR Leader to change
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/7/17



Tenants' PAC
Gothamist: How to take action against Trump
 this week

421-a and MILLIONAIRES TAX

Below:
Elections
Ethics
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 2/3/17



Tenants' PAC
LANDLORDS CHALLENGE RGB'S RENT FREEZE
Daily News: Landlords sue to overturn rent freeze, say rent board cannot consider tenant affordability
Carmen Vega-Rivera & Shea Colon: In defense of the rent freeze (Crain's OpEd)

DEVElOPMENT AND REZONING
CityLab: EB-5 cash-for-visas program funds luxury real estate over distressed areas
DNA Info: Deteriorating Jamaica garage to become affordable housing
New York Times: New high-rise towers designed to allow tenants to live in buildings in case of flood
The Real Deal: Phipps Houses files plans to build 403 affordable apartments in East New York, first stage of a 1200-unit complex
Politico NY: L.I.C. residents & business owners slam de Blasio's proposed rezoning
City Limits: Flaws in Bloomberg's 2001 rezoning of L.I.C. complicate de Blasio's new plan
City Limits: Community Board 11 digs into controversial East Harlem rezoning plan
ArchPaper: Inwood residents question HPD over plans to demolish branch library & incorporate new library into affordable housing development

BELOW:
421A and the proposed Mansion Tax

Anticipated Trump budget cuts for NYC
Albany and the Indep. Dem. Conf.
Elections
Ethics
Rent Stabilized buildings in Comm. Bd. 1
3/4 Houses protection
Construction Safety
and more

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/25/17



Tenants' PAC
TRUMP AND TENANTS



421-A and MILLIONAIRES' TAX - something for tenants?
Pro Publica: Cuomo's revised 421-a bill would allow landlords to deregulate units while still receiving tax subsidies, major change from past law

TURNCOAT DEMOCRATS (IDC)
New York Times: State Senator Jose Peralta of Queens joins turncoat Democrats
Ross Barkan: Jeff Klein & his turncoat Democrats continue to call the shots, dooming hope of a Democratic state senate (Village Voice)

BELOW:
City Budget affecting affordable housing 
Landlord vs. tenants
Ethics
Elections
Miscellaneous

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates 1/20/17