Sunday, June 10, 2012

When rent laws are not strong - or not enforced . . .

Tenants suffer when rent regulations are not enforced.  Two hundred tenants at 2400 Webb Avenue  - a rent-regulated building - were forced to relocate when their landlord had the fire escapes removed to repair brickwork. 

Tenant protections must be stronger - both written into the law in Albany and in enforcement by the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (one of whose inspectors approved removal of the fire escapes - in the absence of any other fire protection); and the State's Housing Community  Renewal.  One R3 organization, Tenants & Neighbors, is working to get our laws enforced. Print out and sign one of their postcards to Governor Cuomo to beef up the enforcement unit.