Tuesday, June 14, 2011

NYC Council Passes Resolution No. 700 Encouraging State Legislators to Renew and Strengthen New York City Rent Laws Expiring June 15th

It truly is amazing that over a million NYC residents are left hanging, related to rent regulation laws set to expire tomorrow (June 15th). Please see the latest sent by the NYC Council and their attempts to encourage NY State legislators to renew and strengthen NY rent laws.


Dear New Yorker,

We wanted to share some important news for New York City tenants.

Fighting to Renew and Strengthen New York's Rent Laws

This past month a delegation of Council Members traveled to Albany to urge the State Legislature to renew and strengthen New York's rent laws. During our meetings with state legislators, we discussed how important it is to renew these critical protections before they vanish forever on June 15th. We also spoke about a number of key enhancements that are needed to help keep our communities affordable and stable. Shortly afterwards, we passed Resolution No. 700, calling on the State Legislature to renew and strengthen the laws protecting tenants who reside in regulated housing. Because while renewing our rent laws is critical, it is not enough. If New York is to remain a livable place, we must strengthen these laws as well by repealing vacancy decontrol and extending protections to buildings leaving the Section 8 and Mitchell Lama programs. The vacancy bonus should also be eliminated or, at the very least, be reduced from 20% to 10%, and the Rent Guidelines Board shouldn't have the authority to adjust the vacancy bonus level as part of their annual rent adjustment determinations.

With our rent laws on the verge of expiring in less than two days, it's more important than ever to keep up the pressure. To learn more about what you can do to help ensure that these laws are renewed and strengthened before the June 15th deadline, please email realrentreform@gmail.com or call 347-541-3339.

Upcoming Rent Guidelines Board Hearings The NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) has proposed renewal lease guidelines for rent-stabilized apartments that would increase rent from 3 to 5.75% for a 1-year lease, 6 to 9% for a 2-year lease, and add a 1% surcharge for buildings with oil heat.

The RGB will be holding public meetings on these proposed guidelines in the upcoming days. At these meetings, the public will have the opportunity to share their concerns about the proposed hikes. Details are listed below:

Thursday, June 16th Public Hearing (Public Testimony)
Location: NYC College of Technology,
Kiltgord Auditorium,
285 Jay Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 20thPublic Hearing (Public Testimony)
The Great Hall at Cooper Union,
7 East 7th Street at the corner of Third Ave.,
New York, NY 10003
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Monday, June 27th Public Meeting (Final Vote on Rent Guidelines)
The Great Hall at Cooper Union,
7 East 7th Street at the corner of Third Ave.,
(lower-level), New York, NY 10003
Time: 5:30 p.m.

As noted, two hearing dates are reserved for public testimony. For additional information, please log on to http://www.housingnyc.com/html/about/meetings.html. We will continue to keep you updated on our fight to protect tenants and alert you to any additional actions you can take to help support these critical efforts. In the meantime, if you have any tenant-related questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Carlos Carino in the Council's Community Outreach Unit at (212) 788-9121 or ccarino@council.nyc.gov. Sincerely, Christine C. Quinn SpeakerNYC Council Erik Martin DilanChair, Housing & Buildings CommitteeNYC Council Helen Diane FosterChair, State & Federal Legislation CommitteeNYC Council Margaret Chin Council Member & Lead Sponsor of Resolution No. 700 NYC Council

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