Friday, February 15, 2019

McKee's Media - Feb. 15, 2019

Tenants' PAC

Konrad Pulitzer: Progressive lawmakers in several states take aim at landlords with rent control, tax proposals (Wall Street Journal)
WIVB-TV: Akron mobile home residents continue rent strike against out-of-town owner (VIDEO)


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Market tenants have better chance for re-stabilizing apartments - especially in Stellar buildings

New court decisions mean you might be able to get back into rent stabilization

Some things have change that could make it easier for market tenants to get their apartments back into rent stabilization - even if they've been market-rate for over 4 years.  

1.      There is a new on-line portal, NYS Rent Connect  ( for easily getting your apartment’s rent history.

2.      Two recent court decisions have found that Stellar Management  wildly exaggerated its costs for renovating and reconfiguring its apartments, so the costs were not enough to legally take the apartment out of rent regulation​.  The earlier decision is Rossman v. Windermere by a mid-level state court, which awarded punitive damages to the tenant.  The newer decision is 
Amwest Realty Associates LLC v. Michael Sargeant and Jonathan Saballos, 171 W. 81st St.​ 

3.      The most recent court decision found that Stellar Management intentionally inflat​ed its costs and awarded the tenants triple damages.  An intentional inflation of costs could be fraud.  Where there is fraud, a tenant can get around the 4-year statute of limitations for getting an apartment back into rent regulation.

​If you're interested in pursuing this after getting your apartment’s rent history, please consult an attorney about this.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

NYS creates 1-stop portal for rent-stabilized tenant issues

NY Curbed


New York state creates one-stop portal for rent-stabilized tenant issues

Find your rent history, submit a complaint, and more—all in one place

If you’re a New Yorker living in a rent-stabilized apartment, chances are you’ve struggled with finding a necessary piece of paperwork—the form for requesting your apartment’s rent history, for example, or the right complaint if your landlord is dragging their heels on renewing your lease. In the past, those forms were scattered throughout the website for the Department of Homes and Community Renewal, New York state’s agency that handles rent regulation.
But no longer: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state has created a new portal, called NYS Rent Connect, that’s a one-stop shop for tenants of rent-regulated apartments (and their landlords) to deal with any potential issues that may arise with those apartments.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

How is the shutdown affecting federally-subsidized tenants?

The National Housing Law Project has put out a report explaining that while  many tenants in federally-subsidized housing are protected during the federal shutdown by long-term contracts and leases,  those whose contracts or leases expire during this shutdown are vulnerable.  

The report does not discuss how a loss of food stamps or other federal subsidies unrelated to housing will affect tenants' ability to pay their rent.  

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We need a state and city government response to this!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Make #TenantTuesday happen!

Join the Real Rent Reform Campaign's #TenantTuesday social media campaign. T

If you are lobbying, doing an action against a landlord,or having a tenants meeting on a Tuesday please use the hashtag #TenantTuesday to put pressure on Albany and build excitement around our campaign. 

Housing Justice for All - Support Universal Rent Regulatoin

Housing Justice for All is the program of the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance.  Its program includes

  • Extending existing rent protections statewide - not just in counties of 1 million or more, and not just in buildings of 6 units or more. 
  • Ending loopholes that shrink affordable housing, including:  repealing vacancy decontrol and vacancy bonuses, ending permanent Major Capital Improvement and Individual Apartment Improvement increases, and basing future rent increases on existing preferential rents.
  • Extending rent regulation to unregulated tenants, at least by guaranteeing a renewal lease except for behavior that would get any tenant ousted.
Sign its pledge!