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Legislature Adjourns Without Acting on Tenant Bills


Republished from the July/August 2018 Tenant/Inquillino Newspaper

By:  Michael McKee Published:  July 2018
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson addresses a rally of New York City loft tenants in Albany May 22, supporting a bill to prevent loft evictions over the coming months. Johnson led a delegation of tenants who came from the city and Nassau and Westchester counties to push for stronger rent laws. Assemblymember Maritza Davila (D-Brooklyn) is at leftThe 2018 session of the New York State Legislature ended with a whimper, not a bang. For the first time in years, there was no “Big Ugly” bill that swept up numerous unrelated issues in a last-minute grand trade between the two houses.  This strange outcome derived from an impasse in the state Senate, where the Republicans maintain a 32-31 majority with the help of turncoat Democrat Simcha Felder of Brooklyn. But when GOP Senator Tom Croci of Suffolk County returned to active duty in the Navy in May, the Republicans found that they could …

New York Times Explains Problems with the Rent Laws


Why We Can’t Wait: Rent Laws Must Be Fixed This Year


On February 9, the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development submitted initial findings from the 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey to the City Council’s Housing Committee. The survey, commonly known as the HVS, is conducted every three years by the U.S. Census Bureau for HPD to determine whether the vacancy rate for rental housing in the city is still below 5 percent, the emergency level required to continue rent-regulation laws. The full survey is expected to be released in the summer. The HVS found that the vacancy rate remains low, at just 3.63 percent, but there are other, disturbing figures: • The median asking rent for a vacant unit is $1,875 a month. • The median income for rent-stabilized tenants is $44,560 a year, which means that any apartment that rents for more than $1,114 costs more than 30 percent of their income. • The median contract rent for rent stabilized apartments is $1,269. • Half of all rent-stabilized tenants pay at least one-third of their income …

Corey Johnson Pledges to Push Albany on Rent Laws


Corey Johnson Pledges to Push Albany on Rent Laws New City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has vowed to join tenant advo- cates in a campaign to pressure the state to strengthen its rent-regulation laws. “Working with my part- ners in state government, I pledge to help lead the fight to press Albany to not only renew our rent laws, but to finally—once and for all—close the loopholes that are allowing landlords to deregulate thousands of affordable apartments every year,” he declared in a speech at his swearing-in Jan. 28. (This elicited a standing ovation.) Johnson is now in his second term representing Council District 3, which stretches from Greenwich Village to the Upper West Side. He was elected speak- er, the second most powerful political position in the city after the mayor, by his colleagues in January. On March 6, he and Housing and Buildings Committee chair Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) met with 30 tenant advocates from 24 tenant and community or- ganizations from all parts of t…

Rally for Strong Rent Laws





There are dozens of bills necessary to strengthen rent and eviction protections and to reverse the phaseout of affordable rental housing in New York City and suburban counties. Numerous deregulation amendments have been inserted into the rent laws in the last 25 years, with predictable results: the supply of affordable housing has shrunk dramatically, both regulated and market rents have soared, homelessness is at record levels, and the remaining rent-protected tenants have targets on their backs.

The Real Rent Reform Campaign, a coalition of more than 40 grassroots housing and tenant organizations, has identified the following three bills as priorities for the current legislative session. Enactment of these three bills is essential, before legislators leave Albany in June.
S3482/A433 This bill repeals Vacancy Deregulation, which allows landlords to take apartments out of rent regulation whenever they turn over and also restores rent stabilization protections to 98 percent of the unit…

Rent Law Lobby Day - Albany


Get your seat on the bus:

Why go to Albany? Because that is where the politicians are!

Why are we doing a lobby day?Rent Stabilization is supposed to limit rent increases and keep our homes affordable. But landlords in NYC and surroundings are taking advantage of two major loopholes in the law, preferential rent and the vacancy bonus, to exploit

266,279 NYC families live in a rent stabilized apartment with a preferential rent - a discount that can be taken away at lease renewal leading to a sudden increase of hundreds of dollars. The vacancy bonus gives landlords a 20% increase in rent each time an apartment turns over, incentivizing harassment of long term tenants.

These bills must be passed at the state level. The NYS Assembly has passed two of these bills and will pass the third easily. The NYS Senate however has yet to act.

What do we want?We want these bills to passed as part of the budget package this year. We are asking the full democrat…

What is the R3 Coalition?


Real Rent Reform (R3) is a coalition of community based organizations, labor unions, tenant associations, legal support, and political clubs working together for safe, stable, and affordable housing for New Yorkers. We are currently fighting to change three NY State laws to improve the lives of rent stabilized tenants.

Tenants from Upstate and Downstate New York State are fighting back!


For the last seven years, Governor Andrew Cuomo has failed to address the housing and homeless crisis. Evictions and homelessness are at record highs. The crisis is not confined to New York City -- tenants from Brooklyn to Buffalo are feeling the crunch.

It is a clear result of public policy. Cuomo has failed to strengthen tenant protections or invest in public and supportive housing. Instead he has rewarded his billionaire real estate donors.
This is #CuomosHousingCrisis,and it’s time for him to answer to tenants, the homeless, and low-income New Yorkers.
Tenants from Upstate and Downstate New York State are fighting back. Join us!
On January 3rd, Cuomo will deliverhis seventh State of the State address. For the last week the Governor has unveiled separate pieces of his 2018 legislative priorities. But despite the fact that there are over 88,000 homeless New Yorkers, housing is noticeably absent. This is unconscionable.
Tenants and homeless people are travelling from all over the…