Sunday, April 14, 2019

Time to Act!

The rent laws will be renewed this June in Albany.  
They don't just happen in a void.  The landlord lobby 
is out in force, and tenants have to be louder.  So urge 
our elected officials to support Housing Justice for All.  

May 2, 2019: Testify in person or by email to the NYS Assembly's Standing Committee on Housing.  

 **Click here to view public hearing notice** with details. 

Get on the bus for Albany on May 14th: 

Write letters / email: 
  • Write to your elected officials, including Gov. CuomoSpeaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, and to your State Senator and Assembly Member. 
  • Tell Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell what is on your mind at his April 15th Housing Justice Panel at PS 75 (735 West End Ave. at 95th St.) and
  • Join other tenants on a lobbying trip to Albany on May 14, 2019.  
Given a Democratic State Senate and a Democratic Assembly (and Governor), we actually have a chance of getting these passed:
· Protect market-rate (currently un-regulated) · tenants all over NY State - and not just in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau Counties.  This includes a guaranteed renewal lease unless the tenant seriously violates the lease.
· Eliminate ways landlords raise the rent beyond · what many tenants can pay, including:
o Ending the MCI surcharge. (Right now it's a permanent increase in the rent.)
o Ending Individual Apartment Improvement (IAI) surcharges that raise rents in both vacant and occupied apartments.
o Ending vacancy increases that landlords get just because an apartment becomes vacant.
· End vacancy decontrol (vacancy deregulation)
Tell our legislators and the Governor to pass them!

Gov Cuomo has announced he will not support roll backs of MCI increases, and Assembly Speaker Heastie wants to drop protection for market tenants from the listThey need to hear from us.

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