Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Succession: what you need, and the process.

The room was packed as Jodi Brockington and Sue Susman presented Succession Rights 101 for tenants in rent stabilized apartments.   Here's a summary: 

SUCCESSION BASICS
Taking over the rent stabilized lease in your own name.* 

IN ADVANCE, 

MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER(s) TO TAKE OVER THE LEASE IF YOU LEAVE:

The tenant named on the lease should list those living in the apartment too on every lease renewal. (SCRIE and DRIE tenants:  those people are part of your household and their income counts toward the $50,000 annual limit.)

The tenant named on the lease should fill out DHCR Form 23.5 and send it to Stellar by certified mail, return receipt requested.  (If you have already done this, you don't have to do it again unless your household composition changes.) Staple the return receipt form, once it comes back, to the copy you have kept of the Form.  Give it to the family member(s) living with you who may want to take over ("succeed to") the lease if you are no longer living in the apartment. 

Keep a big box or envelope in which you place copies of all documents you might need in the future to prove succession rights - such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, driver's license, tax returns, jury summons, etc.  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tues., Nov. 27: Who gets the rent stabilized apartment if the tenant leaves?

If you live with someone, come to our 

MEETING ABOUT 

SUCCESSION RIGHTS

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  • Who gets the rent stabilized apartment if the main tenant leaves?
  • What papers do you need?
  • What's the process?
TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018 at 8 PM
in the Community Room.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Central Park Gardens Tenants’ Association

HAPPY 

THANKSGIVING  !

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 On Thanksgiving- among the other things in our lives - we can be thankful for . . .
  • Having a roof over our heads,
  • Being part of a strong tenant association that has kept rents affordable for those in stabilization and is working to get rents affordable for market rate tenants,
  • Having wonderful friends and a community of support in the building
  • and the neighborhood, and
  • Having something to eat.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nov. 14 at 8 PM: What can we expect from Albany?

WITH THE NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM ALBANY THIS YEAR? 
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2018
8 PM in the Community Room

on protection for unregulated tenants, major capital improvement legislation and more.

Also: Meet the candidates for our tenant association elections (to be held in January). If you want to run, send a 1-paragraph bio and a photo to joanbrownefaison @ g m a i l . com.

All tenants welcome. 

Our next meeting: Nov 27 on Succession Rights
Who gets the rent stabilized apartment after the main tenant leaves? Learn the process and what papers you'll need. 




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sad News: Alitha Mobley has died

The Central Park Gardens Tenants' Association mourns the loss of one of our founding members, 

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ALITHA MOBLEY  .

Alitha died on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, after a long illness.  

We send our condolences to her children, Steven, Linda, and Aaliyah Mobley, and to her granddaughter Lisa Mobley. 

The viewing will be this Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1 to 5 PM, and the funeral service will be at 5 PM at Unity Funeral chapels, 2352 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 126th Street, New York, New York 10027.

The funeral reception will be at 148th Street.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Summary of Sept. 26, 2018 General Tenants Meeting

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come to our annual Trick or Treat for the Tenant Association table on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.  Rosa Delgado in Apt .2T will take candy contributions in advance.

Get your flu (and pneumonia and shingles) vaccines. If you have insurance, they’re generally free at the RiteAid, CVS, and Duane Reade.  If you lack insurance, ask our local Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell's office if there will be free shots offered. 



STATE ELECTIONS

Six out of 8 members of the Independent Democrat Conference, which caucused with the Republicans in the State Senate, were defeated in the Sept. 13th primaries. With them out of the way, actual Democratic control of the State Senate is possible, depending on November 6th elections. That will affect bills we can get passed when the rent laws are renewed in June 2019. Those bills include tenant costs for MCIs, and whether owners can continue to take vacant apartments out of rent stabilization.  If they couldn't they'd be less motivated to try to get stabilized tenants out, and there would be more stabilized apartments for younger people.  We'll have a meeting on this later. 

SUBMETERING MCI (Major Capital Improvement)

After 6 years, we lost our motion for reconsideration at the state's housing agency.  If we don't appeal, Stellar will bill the tenants of each rent stabilized apartment a one-time retroactive amount of $72.48 per room for 8 months, under the DHCR order. That comes to:
  • $217.44 for a one-bedroom apartment
  • $289.92 for a two-bedroom apartment
  • $362.40 for a three-bedroom apartment.
Since no tenant can be billed more than a 6% increase for an MCI each year, your rent bill would temporarily go up by no more than 6% until that amount is fully paid, and then it would come off your rent bill.


BALCONY REPAIR

Stellar is hoping the rear balconies will all be completed by some time in November when cold weather halts the work. (Concrete doesn’t set well in cold weather.) Once the balconies are inspected, the scaffolding will be removed and in the Spring installed in front of the building. Tenants  must remove everything from the balconies being worked on.

TRASH TALK with the dynamic Jacquelyn Ottman.   

What’s the big deal?

$$$!! In 2018, $440 million of our tax dollars are being spent to pick up garbage and send it out of state for incineration or burial in a landfill. (Both are banned in NYC for poisoning our air and soil.)  

IF we recycle more, the city will make more money selling the recyclables and spend less on exporting it. We’ll have more money for other programs we want and need. So NYC is trying for no waste sent to landfills or incineration by 2030.  Quicker road repairs, anyone? More money for schools, parks, and more?
 
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Image result for global warmingThe environment:  Decomposing food in landfills sends out methane gas that heats the climate. (Methane heats 25 times more than carbon dioxide.)

By recycling food waste, NYC can heat homes instead of the climate. 

But I’m so busy, and I just got home from work with a pizza and . . . .

Sunday, September 23, 2018

New time: 8:15 PM for Talking Trash meeting this Wed., Sept. 26, 2018


WHAT HAPPENS TO MY TRASH??!

of the 
Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board 

TALK TRASH
at our next

General Tenants Meeting
Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 at 8:15 PM (new time!)
in the Community Room.

To learn something about the topic in advance, check out

We'll also talk about building issues and (a little) about the past election. 

Bring a friend!