Showing posts from September, 2015

Altman case (codified by June 2015 law) could mean apartments get re-regulated!!!!


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Excerpt:   Huge news in the world of affordable housing: thanks to a recent ruling, scores of New Yorkers may soon find that their market-rate apartments should legally be rent-stabilized, says Sam Himmelstein, a lawyer who represents residential and commercial tenants and tenant associations. There was some controversy back in July surrounding Albany's new rent regulation deal, and its language specifying that an apartment had to actually be rented by the departing stabilized tenant before a vacancy at the de-regulation limit—which is currently $2,700—in order for a landlord to legally take it market-rate. A denial of a landlord’s leave to appeal in a recent court case—Altman v. 285 West Fourth, LLC—has solidified and expanded this policy, and sources in the landlord community have told Himmelstein's firm …

Tenants PAC fundraiser: Friday, Sept. 18 on W. 48th St.


It's time to get Back to Work for the Future!!

Come to the TENANTS PAC FUNDRAISER on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 from 6:30-9 PM at Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, 322 W. 48th St. (between 8th & 9th Aves.)

Honoring 10 elected officials who participated in civil disobedience in Albany for stronger rent laws.

Jazz!!! courtesy of Local 802.


3 New Laws to Make it Harder for Owner to Harass You Out of Your Apartment


Mayor de Blasio has signed into law 3 new laws that make it harder for landlords to pressure tenants out:
· Intro. 757-A, sponsored by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, makes it unlawful for an owner to make a buyout offer within 180 days of a tenant explicitly refusing one. · Intro. 682-A, sponsored by Council Member Dan Garodnick, makes it unlawful for an owner, in connection with a buyout offer, to threaten a tenant, to contact tenants at odd hours, or to provide false information to a tenant. · Intro. 700-A, sponsored by Council Member Jumaane Williams, makes it unlawful for an owner to make a buyout offer without informing tenants of their right to stay in their apartment, to seek an attorney’s advice, and to decline any future contact on a buyout offer for 180 days.

NO affordable homes in NYC for those making the minimum wage


The NY Daily News reports a recent study by StreetEasy Research showing there is absolutely NO housing in NYC that a household with one minimum wage earner can afford.  The Daily News reports "affordable" as 40% of income - although the federal government and NYC generally use 30% of income, and in earlier periods, 25% was considered "affordable."

Key change to de-regulation - so far with court support


Key Change in Rent Law Was Overlooked David Hershey-Webb, New York Law JournalJuly 6, 2015    | 1 Comments EXCERPT:  In their summary of the new rent laws, "Noteworthy Changes Enacted by the Rent Act of 2015," (NYLJ, July 1), Warren Estis and Jeffrey Turkel missed what is probably one of the most significant changes to rent stabilization almost 20-years. The new law provides that a rent stabilized apartment cannot be deregulated unless the prior tenant's legal regulated rent is $2,700.  . . . This momentous change will hopefully slow the tide of deregulation and lessen the incidents of tenant harassment. David Hershey-Webb
The author is a partner at Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph

Landlord tactics (real and presumed) to oust tenants


Despite being taken to task (too mildly to make a difference, it seems), some landlords persist in working with "tenant relocators" or taking other moves whose result would be to oust tenants.  Some rent examples:
1. A tenant relocator in East Harlem
2. Sealed windows and air conditioners for a year in a building "wrapped" during renovations.
3. Possibly using police impersonators to ask tenants about their primary residence and roommates. (There's no clear evidence that this was on behalf of the landlord - but who else would be curious about rental status of separate tenants in the same building?)

Five myths about public housing - and plan to build MARKET-RATE apartments in two developments.


Check out Five Myths About Public Housing, including: People want to live there, even though the lack of government funding has led to run-down buildings.

Mayor de Blasio plans to build hundreds of market-rate apartments in two NYCHA developments to help pay for their upkeep and renewal.