New York Isn't Telling Tenants They May Be Protected From Big Rent Hikes

New York Isn't Telling Tenants They May Be Protected From Big Rent Hikes

by Cezary Podkul ProPublica, July 6, 2016, 8 a.m.

In February of 2015, Lilian Piedra received a letter with devastating news: Her landlord was jacking up the rent for her four-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Washington Heights from $2,100 a month to $3,500.

RGB votes for 0% (1 yr) and 2% (2 yr) rent increases

June 27, 2016 at 8:13 PM - from ProPublica: NYC RGB votes for 0% 1yr increase, 2% 2 yr rent increase, same as this year

RGB Chair: OK to ignore data that supports a rent decrease

June 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM - from ProPublica: RGB Chair Roberts says she didn't think rollback was appropriate b/c decrease in operating costs due to energy costs could be 1yr aberration

RGB chair proposes 0% and 2% increases; same as this year

June 27, 2016 at 8:01 PM - from ProPublica: NYC RGB chair Kathleen Roberts proposes 0% 1yr rent increase, 2% increase for 2yr leases - same as this year

RGB says no to 4% and 2% rent decrease

June 27, 2016 at 7:58 PM - from ProPublica: NYC RGB defeats proposed 4% 1yr decrease, and 2% 2 yr rent decrease from tenant representatives

RGB says no to 3% and 5% rent increases

June 27, 2016 at 7:45 PM - from ProPublica: NYC RGB defeats proposed 3% 1yr increase, 5% 2 yr rent increase from landlord representatives

Tenants: Cuomo's Tenant Protection Unit a Flop; Harassment Continues

Landlord Harassment, Neglect Continue Despite State Monitor, Tenants Say
by David Howard King, Jun 17, 2015
Published in Gotham Gazzette

Tenants celebrated when Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) appointed a monitor to oversee 51 apartment buildings owned by the notorious Castellan Real Estate Partners, but for the past two years those same tenants say the conditions in their buildings have deteriorated while the TPU has failed to take action.

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Woman's Partner Wins Bid to Succeed in Apartment (with decision)

Woman's Partner Wins Bid to Succeed in Apartment
Andrew Denney
New York Law Journal
February 13, 2015

An appellate court ruled Tuesday that a deceased woman's partner and longtime roommate should be entitled to succeed her in a rent-controlled apartment, saying that their "modest" intermingling of finances does not negate their "family-like" relationship.

Writing in WSC Riverside Drive Owners LLC v. Williams, 571144/12, the Appellate Division, First Department, reversed a 2013 opinion by the Appellate Term, First Department, that effectively granted a landlord's holdover petition denying Oliver Williams' succession into a rent-controlled apartment leased by Judy Singer.

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NYC's Low-Income Renters Are Freezing--Daily Beast

NYC's Low-Income Renters Are Freezing
January 26, 2015
The Daily Beast
by Kevin Zawacki

The city’s crooked landlords frequently leave tenants without heat, often causing illness and unplanned bills.

When the heat fails in Keisha Jacobs’ Brooklyn apartment during the winter months, discomfort is just one of her troubles. The frigid temperatures create a spiral of aggravation and unplanned bills that can mar the entire season.

Her two-year-old daughter might fall ill from the cold, Jacobs told The Daily Beast—and ailing kids aren’t welcome at daycare. “They don’t want the other children to get sick,” Jacobs said. “And if she’s not at daycare, that means I have to have another arrangement for child care. And that ends up costing.” READ MORE for the rest of the story.

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Small Business Jobs Survival Act

We are asking our readers to sign this petition (and pass it on to your contacts) asking elected officials to get off their collective asses and pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Information on the bill - now in front of City Council - is below, at the URL below and at http://savenycjobs.org/

Activists who deal with development and displacement issues every day know that the loss of small business is a direct result of over-development and gentrification. READ MORE for the rest of the article.

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