Friday, February 16, 2018

NYS Sen. Hamilton wants to credit landlords who give preferential rents (30% of stabilized housing!)

Tell State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assembly Member Walter Mosley that we do NOT want our taxes to subsidize landlords for profits they wish they could make on about 30% of all rent-stabilized apartments.

They are proposing to give a tax credit to owners  - at least 55% of whom NYS's DHCR found used bait-and-switch tactics

Owners of  rent-stabilized apartments can rent them for LESS than the legal regulated rent if the owners can't find tenants willing to pay the legal regulated rent (LRR).  That lower rent is called a "preferential rent." This has been used as a way to lure tenants in and then at the next lease renewal, to raise the rent back to the LRR.  The tenant can't afford it and moves out - and the landlord gets an automatic vacancy increase to raise the next LRR.

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 2/16/2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 2/4/2018



Real Estate Weekly: Landlord Farkas brought 


Michael Gartland: City Council members want 

Jonathan Westin: Airbnb profits from removing 


Mike McKee

How much vacant NYC land is being used for housing?

Gotham Gazette

Comptroller Again Calls Out City on Vacant Land; City Again Punches Back

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DHCR Commissioner says NYC has an affordability crisis


NYC faces an ‘affordability crisis’ in housing, says commissioner of Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Join the R3 campaign to reach tenants in 4 State Senate districts

Help reach tenant voters in 
4 important
state senate districts:

Join the Real Rent Reform Campaign 
reaching out to tenant voters in the
districts of four senators who are members
of the breakaway group that
collaborates with the  Republicans
to keep them in control of the
state senate. As long as the 
Republicans control the senate,
we will not be able to pass
any pro-tenant bills. These four 
members of the so-called Independent
Democratic Conference are
standing in the way of tenant
legislation,  even though some of
them claim to support the bills.

The Real Rent Reform Campaign is recruiting 
volunteers to knock on doors of prime voters 
who live in rent-regulated apartments in these 
districts, to ask for their help in applying pressure 
to their senators to pass these bills. Most of these 
 canvasses will take place on Monday & Tuesday 

Here are links to the leaflets we are using for this 
To volunteer or for more information,
get in touch with Andrea Shapiro of Met 
Council on Housing: 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 2/4/2018

Articles of Interest to Tenant Advocates - 2/10/2018

Tenants' PAC          
New York Times: City Council grills NYCHA chair 
Shola Olatoye on heat failures; Speaker Corey 
Johnson asks her to apologize, she refuses