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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mayor di Blasio supports repeal of vacancy deregulation


"To tackle the affordable housing crisis, the City and State must work cooperatively.  Even though I know the discussion of the future of rent regulation will occur post-budget, I must emphasize now the importance of renewing and strengthening rental protections that expire this year.

"If they are not renewed and strengthened, many thousands of apartments will become unaffordable.  And many thousands of people will lose their homes.

"I also want to state clearly my belief that we must end vacancy decontrol.  It is a major contributing factor in the loss of rent-protected units in the City."

Click on "read more" for the full text of the rent law part of his speech.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sign the Petition for Stronger Rent Laws!

SIGN and SHARE : Bit.ly/RentRegsWork
With the rent laws expiring this year, it is vital that we let our lawmakers in Albany know that we need stronger laws to protect and preserve affordable housing. Stronger rent laws are an urgent civil rights and social justice issue for communities of color in New York City and the surrounding suburban counties. Too many black and brown tenants are at risk. We have already lost hundreds of thousands of rent stabilized and rent controlled units due to weak regulations -- we cannot afford to lose one more.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

City & State join forces to investigate & prosecute landlord harassment of tenants

The Mayor, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYS Homes & Community Renewal Commissioner (includes DHCR) Darryl Towns, and NYC  HPD Commissioner Vicki Bean announced the creation of a Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, to go after landlords who use illegal means to displace tenants.   Their press release and press conference say:




City and State agencies will work together to
  • look for patterns, 
  • pro-actively go after "recidivist" landlords,
  • respond to 311 calls with all relevant agencies doing joint inspections and sharing information,
  • investigate for criminal charges (not just housing court penalties)
  • impose steeper penalties. 
The goal:  Quicker, steeper penalties that will exceed the current "cost of doing business" - and thus discourage unscrupulous landlords from their nefarious deeds. 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015