Thursday, June 20, 2013

Be at the Rent Guidelines Bd. FINAL VOTE - Thurs., 6/20/2013

Come to the final vote of the Rent Guidelines Board TONIGHT at 5:30 PM.    

Let's be there and build  toward a bigger presence when the rent laws expire in 2015. 

The hearing is at the Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (corner 3rd Ave.) (Click on "read more" below for how to get there.)

Appointed by the Mayor, the Board members will pick percentage increases  - and a flat dollar amount increase for those whose rents are below $1000.  


Here's the range so far: 
  • For a one-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2013 and on or before September 30, 2014:                  3.25% - 6.25%
  • For a two-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2013 and on or before September 30, 2014:                 5.0% - 9.5%

Join Tenants and  Neighbors and other groups there this evening. 
Every June, the Rent Guidelines Board decides what the increases will be for rent stabilized lease renewals.

So far, they've proposed a range of numbers - but it's a high range.  Often they "split the difference."  

They are also proposing that if your rent is below $1000, there will be a fixed dollar increase (for example, $40 for a one-year lease renewal and $80 for a two-year lease renewal).  A bill just passed the NYS Assembly that would bar these huge dollar increases, but it has not yet passed the State Senate (and likely will not). 


So go tonight at 5:30!  

Transportation:  
Trains: B to Broadway/Lafayette and walk or  6 to Astor Place or R to East 8th Street and
walk 1 block east to Cooper Union, 
Buses: From south of E 8th St, take a crosstown to Park Row or Bowery & change to 103  uptown to E 8th St.
From north of E 8th St, take a crosstown  to Lexington Ave/3rd Ave. & take 101,102 or 103 downtown to E 8th St.