Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Harmon Case Challenges Rent Laws - Hear Speaker on Jan. 11, 2012

Our General Tenants Meeting presents:

Andrew Scherer*
former Executive Director of Legal Services NYC
 speaking on the Harmon case 
that challenges all rent laws.

Upper West Side landlord (and former federal prosecutor) James Harmon wants the U.S. Supreme Court to undo ALL of NY's rent laws. He claims these laws deprive owners of their property  - the ability to rake in as much money as the market will bear.  After all, who needs a level bargaining table for the 99%!  As the market-rate tenants in our building know, it's hard to bargain with a landlord for a reasonable rent when you don't have the right to a renewal lease as long as you pay your rent and don't cause a nuisance.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly decided different aspects of the issue (see HousingNYC.com's explanation starting at page 37) and permitted states to regulate rents,  the Court has asked those opposing Harmon  to file briefs to say why the Court should NOT take the case and consider the question once again. 

This affects all of us - so come hear Andy Scherer and ask questions
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012
 at 8 PM
In our Community Room
*Prof. Scherer, a, writer, teacher and legal consultant, wrote  the treatise, Residential Landlord-Tenant Law in New York  - the resource book for all lawyers representing tenants in court (for the past 16 years).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

R3 Bus to Albany Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011


The Real Rent Reform Bus leaves NYC at 9:00 am sharp from Broadway and West 95th Street (outside the McDonald’s).  Be there at 8:45 AM, dress warmly and bring your lunch.
Real Rent Reform Campaign + Occupy Albany


Rally for stronger rent laws, for fair taxation that produces enough revenue to fund social programs, and for fair and independent redistricting of legislative seats. The Legislature will be in session!
Dress warmly! While tenants will be inside the State Capitol for much of the day, Occupy Albany will give us a tour of the encampment across the street from the Capitol Building.

R³ will provide donuts on the trip up – but bring a bag lunch. 

This event will be fun! 
We anticipate that the bus will leave Albany at 3:30 pm, and return to Broadway and West 95th Street by about 6:30 pm.

To sign up for a seat on the bus, contact Larry Wood of Goddard-Riverside Community Center:

Larry Wood
(212) 799-9400, ext. 216