Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Listen to what landlords actually say - rather than their "poor me" campaign

Ben Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development has posted an interesting article on ANHD's blog: What Do Landlords Talk About When They Talk About Rent Increase Loopholes?  

"Individual Apartment Improvement" rent increases are how landlords hope to "add value" to rental apartments.  The unspoken but necessary step: pushing out the low-rent tenants.

An excerpt is below, but it's worth reading the whole blogpost. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

McKee's Media - March 23, 2019

Denis Slattery: Advocates arrested in civil disobedience action demanding that Cuomo include funds for Housing Stability Support (Daily News)
Denis Slattery: Members of NY Congressional delegation urge Cuomo to include HSS funding in state budget (Daily News)

Spectrum Hudson Valley News: Kingston Common Council begins hearings on housing crisis

Alison Dell, Ximena Garnica, Michael Kozek, Michael McKee, McDavid Moore & Zefrey Throwell: Getting to truth, and solidarity, on Loft Law reform (Gotham Gazette OpEd)

Matthew Haag: Amazon's tax breaks were big. Hudson Yard subsidies are much bigger (New York Times)
New York Times editorial: A pied-à-terre tax will bring revenue New York needs

WCBS-TV: 41 percent of New York City residents say high cost of living will force them to move out of the city within 5 years (VIDEO)

City Limits: Two Bridges neighborhood roiled by mega development, displacement

Newsday: Nassau County settles 14-year-old fair housing lawsuit with NYCC for $5.4 million (VIDEO)

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Moral March for Housing - April 11, 2019 at 5:30 PM - Meet in Harlem

100 New Yorkers are evicted every day.
It's now or never for housing justice.
We need Universal Rent Control!

Join Community, Faith and Labor Leaders 
in a 

  • Expand rent regulation to every county and many more tenants
  • Pass "good cause eviction"  (non-regulated tenants get a renewal lease and can only be evicted for good cause)
  • Eliminate loopholes like the vacancy bonus, vacancy decontrol, preferential rent and MCIs/IAIs (permanent rent increases for improvements to the whole building or to individual apartments). 

WHEN: Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 PM (doors open at 5 PM)

WHERE:  Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St., the Reverent Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Pastor

Click here for the flyer in English and Spanish.