Friday, April 29, 2011

Open Forums Scheduled by NYC Council to Discuss and Review Pending NYC Rent Regulation Laws set to Expire on June 15th

RHere is a very important forum coming up to discuss New York's rent regulation laws set to expire on June 15th. The letter is an open invitation by various NYC City Council Chairs including Speaker Christine Quinn and our very own Bronx Councilwoman Helen Foster. It should be a great opportunity to express yourself and become informed on the latest pertaining to the estimated 1 million rent regulated apartments in NYC.

April 29, 2011

Dear New Yorker,

We wanted to alert you to some key dates important to NYC tenants.

First, as you may know, New York's rent regulation system is set to expire on June 15th.

On Monday, May 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the 16th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, the City Council's Housing and Buildings Committee will be holding a public hearing on the renewal of New York's rent regulation laws.

The Committee will also be discussing City Council Resolution No. 700, which calls on the NYS Legislature to renew and strengthen these critical protections covering more than a million rent-regulated apartments in NYC alone.

If you can't make it to our hearing on May 9th but would still like to weigh in on this critical issue, you may do so via our website by clicking on the link below:

On another related front, this past week the Rent Guidelines Board held the first in a series of meetings that will ultimately determine the fate of rents in NYC in the coming year. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd. Details are listed below:

Tuesday, May 3rd, Preliminary Vote, Cooper Union, Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street (near Third Avenue) in Manhattan. Deliberations on rent increases set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

More meetings are scheduled to follow in June, culminating with a public meeting and final vote on Monday, June 27th, at Cooper Union. For additional information, please log on to

Thanks for allowing us to share this important news with you. We will continue to keep you updated on our rent reform efforts and alert you to any actions you may take.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Carlos Carino in the Council's Community Outreach Unit if you have any tenant-related questions or concerns. He can be reached by telephone at (212) 788-9121 or by e-mail at

Christine C. Quinn
NYC Council

Erik Martin Dilan
Chair, Housing & Buildings Committee
NYC Council

Helen Diane Foster
Chair, State & Federal Legislation Committee
NYC Council

Margaret Chin
Council Member & Lead Sponsor of Resolution No. 700
NYC Council

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