Our tenants' association is part of the Real Rent Reform Campaign - along with dozens of other groups - asking the State legislature to:
- Save affordable units in buildings that are leaving or have recently left Mitchell-Lama (like us!) and Section 8 projects by putting us all under rent stabilization regardless of when the developments were built and without the possibility of rent increases under the "unique or peculiar" loophole in the law. (Gluck and other landlords are suing the state's housing agency on this issue, and we're involved.)
- Repeal vacancy decontrol (to get rid of landlords' incentive to evict rent regulated tenants and to keep more of the stock of affordable housing)
- Re-instate "home rule" for New York City's Council and Mayor over rent and eviction rules. (Right now, upstate legislators with few tenants in their districts get to make the decisions about New York City tenants. We need decisions made by those who are accountable to us as voters.)
- Reform the rent guidelines boards in NYC and surrounding counties, requiring them to consider landlord profits as well as costs (right now profits are not considered), and whether a landlord has ignored major housing and health cod violations, and requiring City Council approval of appointees to the RGB, among other changes.
To get these underway, contact our re-elected
NYS Senator Bill Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-316-9434 and
NYS Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell, , 212-866-3970.
Congratulate them and and ask them to pass
S5284/ A7811(Stop "unique or peculiar" increases and put all buildings leaving Mitchell-Lama or Section 8 projects into rent stabilization)
S5149B/ A7416A(Vacancy decontrol)
S1673/ A4069(Reinstate home rule over rents & evictions)
S 8235 /A 11097(Reform the rent guidelines board)
A Submetering billto protect tenants from profiteering and eviction, and protect those whose heat comes from electricity.