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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Preferential Rent in the News #PreferentialScam

Many ‘Rent-Stabilized’ NYC Apartments Are Not Really Stabilized. See Where They Are. - Propublica
The units are supposed to be protected from steep rent hikes. But thanks to a loophole, owners can seek big rent increases anyway. Our analysis shows some of the city’s poorest areas are most at risk.

Loophole Jeopardizes Protections of Rent-Stabilized Units - WNYC
Cezary Podkul has been reporting about how landlords circumvent tenant protections as part of the series "The Rent Racket." In an interview with WNYC's Richard Hake, he explained how landlords are taking advantage of the loophole, and what that means for renters throughout the city.

Preferential Rent Treatment Is Hurting New York City's Poorest Neighborhoods - Pacific Standard
The units are supposed to be protected from steep rent hikes. But thanks to a loophole, owners can seek big rent increases anyway.

Many “rent-stabilized” NYC apartments are not really stabilized - Salon
Units are supposed to be protected from rent hikes. Thanks to a loophole, owners can seek big rent increases anyway

Rents for Thousands of New Yorkers Could Skyrocket Thanks To Legal Loophole - Indypendent
If you’ve ridden the New York City subway lately, chances are you’ve seen posters promising relief from the city’s soaring housing costs. Featuring smiling tenants with names like Catalina, Evelio and Estella, the ads hold out the promise of a rent freeze if you live in one of the more than 800,000 apartments in the city subject to limits on annual rent increases.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New York State Assembly passed three pro-tenant bills!

On Tuesday, June 14 the New York State Assembly passed three important pro-tenant bills:

Repeals Vacancy Decontrol & re-regulates almost all deregulated apartments - A433 (Linda Rosenthal, et al.)
The bill passed 92 to 46. All Republican Assembly members voted no as did some Democrats. This included current mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis (Staten Island - R), from the democrats notably Michael Cusick (Staten Island- D) & Mark Gjonaj (Bronx- R).

Repeals the 20% statutory vacancy bonus - A954 (Brian Kavanagh et al.) This bill passed 93-45.

Repeals 2003 amendment that allows landlords to jump from preferential rent to legal rent upon lease renewal - A6285 (Cymbrowitz et al.)
This bill passed 94-47.

All three bills were delivered to the senate, where the Republican leader referred them to the Rules Committee, where they were sent to die. 
Call your state senator TODAY! Let them know they can not call themselves tenant friendly without getting these bills passed in the senate!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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