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This Thursday June 7th's Town Hall, & RGB Meetings


Want to express your tenant needs?  Here are some suggestions:
1. Tenant Town Hall 
(Manhattan & Bronx tenants)
Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 PM
Hartley House, 413 W. 46th St. 

Tenants will talk about what we need and elected officials will talk about  how we can get it this session.  Specific legislative changes include: Reforming the Rent Guidelines BoardLimiting Preferential Rent IncreasesCapping MCI increasesProtection for those in Rent ControlClick here for a flyer in English , and
here for a flyer in Spanish.  
Spanish translation will be available at the Town Hall. 
Housing Conservation Coordinators & Westside Neighborhood Alliance are organizing the event with the  support of other R3member organizations and other community groups (list in progress) Barack Obama Dem. Club of Upper ManhattanCAAVA (Chinatown Tenants)CASA-New Settlement (BronxCentral Park Gardens Tenants Assoc. Chelsea Coalition on HousingCommunity Voices HeardCooper Square CommitteeGoddard Riverside Community CenterGood…

Tenants Need Reform THIS Year


This article mentions last week's Brooklyn/Queens Tenant Town Hall.  On June 7, come to the Manhattan/Bronx Tenant Town Hall!


NY tenant groups gear up for another roundSunday, May 27, 2012 08:42 PM |Written by David Howard King |  | 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted it as “the greatest strengthening of rent laws in decades” when the state Legislature approved a package of bills last year that renewed the city’s rent control laws until 2015. But the most optimistic housing advocates would only call it a draw in their battle with real estate interests.
Tenants Political Action Committeeand other tenant advocacy groups wanted more -- they wanted the state to limit landlords’ abilities to claim that they made costly repairs to apartments, thereby pricing them out of rent regulation. They wanted tougher enforcement to make sure claimed improvements to apartments were actually made. And they wanted the 2011 increases to keep up with inflation. But they didn’t get any of it.  [Emphasi…

Brooklyn/Queens Town Hall a Success!


Sam Stein, facilitator for the Real Rent Reform Campaign, reported:

The town hall was good!  We had a couple hundred tenants there music, elected officials and clergy. 

The event was sponsored by the Pratt Area Community Council with the support of ANHD (Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development), DC-37Make The Road, New York Communities for Change, and Tenants & Neighbors, and was emceed by Jon Furlong of PACC.  

THE PROGRAM: The interim pastor from Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church - Rev. Carmen Mason-Browne- introduced the event and welcomed everyone there. Tenants spoke about the issues affecting all our lives: Major Capital Improvements (MCIs), 7.5% Maximum Base Rent (MBR) increases for rent controlled tenants, the need for Rent Guidelines Board reform, and preferential rents.  

Ericka Stallings from ANHD spoke out about the need for new rules and regulations to improve enforcement by the state's housing agency, NYS Homes & Community Renewal (H…

Manhattan/Bronx Town Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012


Following on the heels of the Brooklyn/Queens Tenant Town Hall on May 21st, is a

Manhattan/Bronx Tenant Town HallThursday, June 7  6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Hartley House,  413 West 46th Street (btw. 9th & 10th Avenues)

Stop landlords from getting J-51 renewal unless tenants get stronger protection! Reduce preferential rent increases  Limit Major Capital Improvement increases to costs End MBR increases for rent-controlled tenants Reform the Rent Guidelines Board!

Come tell your story as a tenant. 

Click here for a flyer in English (Spanish coming soon)
Sponsored by  these member organizations: Housing Conservation Coordinators, West Side Neighborhood Alliance, GOLES, Tenants & Neighbors, CASA New Settlement, Central Park Garden Tenants' Association, Chelsea Housing Coalition and Goddard Riverside, SRO Law Project, Community Voices Heard, REINA & Met Council on Housing - as well as Assembly Members Richard Gottfried, Daniel O'Donnell and Linda Rosenthal - and more elected officials…

Brooklyn & Queens Tenants Town Hall WED. MAY 23 at 6 PM


Tired of soaring rents?
Fighting gentrification? 
Need more tenant protection?

Come to a  BROOKLYN-QUEENS TENANTS TOWN HALL  on Tenant Rights & Housing Affordability Wed., May 23, 2012 at 6 PM Lafayette Presbyterian Church 85 S. Oxford St. 
Trains:  C to Lafayette Ave.;  G to Fulton St, 2/3/4/5/B/Q/D/N/R or LIRR to Atlantic/Pacific stop

with elected officials representing Brooklyn & Queens.
The Brooklyn meeting is sponsored by the several members of the Real Rent Reform Campaign:  Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), Make the Road New York, and Tenants & Neighbors. 
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Juanita Edwards at PACC, 718-522-2613, ext. 024. 

Bronx & Manhattan Tenants Town Hall will be  Thursday, June 7th  to Hartley House413 W. 46th St.   Contact Bennett,, for more information. 

City Council hearing on Rent Guidelines Board reform


The New York City Council held a hearing on Monday about Rent Guidelines Board Reform Legislation we've been championing.   (The vote will be at the end of May.)
On Monday, May 21, 2012,  the City Council's Committee on Housing and Buildings held a hearing about  Resolution #1329.   

This resolution, which was introduced by Council Members Levin, James and Dilan, calls on the NYS Legislature to pass S741B Squadron/A6394B Kavanaugh – legislation that would make the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) more inclusive by requiring members to have experience in areas beyond finance, economics and housing. This will help ensure that a wider range of voices are represented on the board.
This state legislation would also grant the City Council the power to confirm mayoral appointees to the RGB.  That way, we'll be able to ensure a better balance between tenant and landlord interests.     Click here for the testimony of State Senators Squadron and Kavanagh.

Brooklyn & Queens Tenants Town Hall - Wed. 5/23


6 PM at Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church 86 S. Oxford St.  in Brooklyn (between Fulton St. & Lafayette Ave.)
Dinner will be provided!
Tired of soaring rents? Living amid gentrification?  Seeking stronger tenant protections? 



Save the date: June 7 Town Hall - W. 46th St.


On June 7th, come to a Tenants Town Hall, focusing on J-51.
A proposed law will continue this tax benefit for landlords while protections for tenants fall by the wayside. Let's pressure the state legislature to pass some bills that benefit tenants.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Place:Hartley House, 413 West 46th Street (btw. 9th & 10th Avenues)
Time:  6:30 - 8:30 pm

Would your organization - or office -  like to co-sponsor this with several members of the Real Rent Reform Campaign?  Contact

Elected Officials Back Independence Plaza Tenants in Court Case


Independence Plaza North tenants and their supporters rallied against the state's mid-level court decision in Denza.  The court ruled that as soon as an owner takes a building out of Mitchell-Lama or a similar program, any J-51 tax benefits end along with the tenants' J-51 stabilized rents.  The tenants are seeking permission from New York State's highest court to appeal.

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CARL GLASSMAN / TRIBECA TRIB Elected officials joined a gathering of Independence Plaza tenants outside the complex in a display of support for the tenants' legal case. Downtown elected officials are throwing their political weight behind the Independence Plaza North Tenant Association in its protracted legal fight with the landlord of the 1,331-unit Tribeca complex.

On Thursday, the officials stood with tenant leaders and about 100 IPN tenants in a show of support for their effort t…

RGB Preliminary Vote: Read all about it!


There was a good crowd  at the Tenants General Assembly outside the Rent Guidelines Board's preliminary vote on May 1, 2012.  And it rent increases may be lower this year.

Check out the articles below from
(1) Gothamist (2) NY Post (3) NY Times (4) DNAinfo (first article), and DNAinfo (second article) (5) NY 1 (6) Curbed (7) NY Observer