Community Meeting Brooklyn: Why is My Rent so High?


Why is My Rent so High?The problems with the rent laws and what we can do about it

Community Meeting
When: Tuesday Nov 14th 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Duryea Presbyterian Church
362 Sterling Ave Brooklyn, NY


We delivered 500+ postcards to @SenatorPeralta to demand an end to the eviction bonus and preferential rent.

Thank you Iryna Yafimchyk from Working Families for the photos!

Tenants Trick or Treat at Senator Peralta’s Office for Stronger Rent Laws


Constituents faced with steep rent increases call on the IDC to pass key legislation that will tackle root causes of affordable housing crisis
QUEENS, NEW YORK — More than 50 tenants in Halloween costumes, along with local community organizations and legal advocates will trick or treat at Senator Peralta’s office to ask for the passage of three bills to protect tenants from being priced out of NYC; S.3482 would repeal Vacancy Decontrol, S.6527 will reform Preferential Rent and S.1593 would repeal the Vacancy Bonus. Tenants are calling on Senator Peralta to make these bills top priorities of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) by getting four more of his colleges to sponsor the legislation and a commitment from Jeff Klein, the leader of the IDC to bring the bills to the floor at the start of the 2018 legislative session. Hundreds of postcards from constituents of the 13th State Senate district will be delivered to his office during the event.

WHAT: Trick or Treat and Press Confe…

Preguntas frecuentes sobre “Bono de Vacancia”


P: ¿Qué es el bono de vacancia? R: Cuando un inquilino se muda, el casero es regularmente otorgado un bono de vacancia que le permite aumentar el alquiler en 18% adicional (por un contrato de un año) o 20%  (por un contrato de dos años). Si el ultimo inquilino estaba pagando una renta preferencial, el bono de vacancia puede ser mas bajo. Si el ultimo contrato de renovación fue hace menos de dos años, entonces el aumento es de 5%; si es menos de tres años, entonces es de 10%; si es menos de 4 años, entonces es de 15%, y si es mas de 4 años, entonces puede aumentar el 18% o 20%, si hace 8 años o desde el ultimo aumento de vacancia, el casero puede añadir .06% adicional por cada año desde la colección del ultimo aumento. Es importante señalar que el casero no tiene que hacer nada al apartamento para recibir este aumento. Tan solo tiene que sacar al inquilino anterior para recibir este aumento. P: ¿Se desregula un apartamento si se muda el inquilino? R: un apartamento bajo estabilización de …

Preguntas frecuentes sobre alquiler preferencial


P: ¿Qué es alquiler preferencial? R: alquiler preferencial es cualquier alquiler cobrado a un inquilino de renta estabilizada mas bajo que la renta legal. Si usted es uno de los 250,000 inquilinos con renta preferencial su alquiler puede ser aumentado hasta la renta legal lo que puede significar cientos de dólares. P: ¿Qué es renta legal? R: existe una renta legal máxima para cada apartamento, basada en la historia única de ese apartamento. No es basada en el tamaño del apartamento ni el apartamento average en el vecindario, ni el ingreso del inquilino. El alquiler puede aumentar en pequeñas cantidades cada vez que el contrato es renovado, y por cantidades mas grande cada vez que se muda un nuevo inquilino o el apartamento es renovado. P:¿Cómo se si tengo alquiler preferencial? R:El primer contrato que usted firma cuando se muda (o el primero después que que le ofrecen un alquiler preferencial) debe contener algo indicando que el alquiler es preferencial. Al menos, su contrato debe decir l…

Frequently Asked Questions: “Vacancy Bonus”


Frequently Asked Questions: “Vacancy Bonus” Q: What is the “vacancy bonus”? A: When a tenant leaves, the landlord is generally granted a vacancy bonus that allows the landlord to increase the rent by an extra 18% for a one-year lease or  20% for a two-year lease on a vacancy lease. If the last tenant was paying a preferential rent, the vacancy bonus may be lower. If the last vacancy lease was less than two years ago, then the increase is 5%; if less than three years ago, 10%; if less than four years ago, 15%; and then if more than 4 years ago it goes up to the full 18% or 20%.  If it’s been eight years or more since the last vacancy lease, Landlords can also add a .06% increase for each year since the collection of the last increase. It is important to know that the landlord does not need to do anything to apartment to get this increase. They simply need to get the previous tenant out to get this increase.
Q: Does an apartment become deregulated if a tenant moves out? A: A rent stabilized…

Frequently Asked Questions: Preferential Rent


Frequently Asked Questions: Preferential Rent Q: What is preferential rent? A: Preferential rent is any rent charged to a rent stabilized tenant that is lower than the legal rent. If you are one of the 250,000 tenants with preferential rent your rent can be raised anywhere up to the legal rent when you renew your lease, which is some cases could mean a hike of hundreds of dollars!
Q: What is a “legal rent”? A: There is a maximum legal rent for each apartment, based on the unique history of that apartment. It's not based on the apartment's size, nor the going rent of apartments in that area, nor the income of the tenant. Rents can be increased by small amounts every time the lease is renewed, and by larger amounts every time there is a new tenant or the apartment is renovated.
Q: How do I know if I have preferential rent? A: The first lease you sign when you move in (or the first lease after you are offered a preferential rent) should contain language indicating that the rent is a pr…