Issues: Housing

Rent Guidelines Board Votes to Freeze Rents/ Albany Passes Rent laws

The Rent Guidelines Board, which determines rent increases for more than one million rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, voted on Monday night for an historic rent freeze on one-year leases and a two percent increase for two year leases.

While I believe a rent role back is appropriate, the Rent Guidelines Board's historic decision to freeze rents for one year leases will help keep New York affordable for over two million tenants. Who are being asked to pay an ever increasing percentage of their income towards rent, while landlords have increased their profits due to relatively flat operating costs.

June 30, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Praises Rent Freeze, Urges Further Measures to Tackle Affordability Crisis

(Brooklyn, NY) – Senator Hamilton said, “The Rent Guidelines Board's vote last night delivered a historic victory for tenants – the first rent freeze in 46 years. Any fair-minded look at the Board's research shows they reached the right conclusion, freezing rents for one-year leases and deciding on a 2% increase on two-year leases. Published in April, their 22-page study shows that tenants’ incomes have roughly remained flat or decreased, while landlords have benefited from an easing in cost rises. These facts warrant the Board's historic decision last night.”

June 30, 2015
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Senator Dilan Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Tamara Slogosky, Esq., Community Liaison to Senator Dilan delivered the following remarks during the Rent Guidelines Board, June 18, 2015 public hearing regarding proposed adjustments to affect renewal leases commencing between October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

On Monday, June 29 the Rent Guidelines Board approved a freeze on one-year leases. It’s the first rent freeze the board has approved since its formation in 1969.

June 30, 2015
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Senator Espaillat on Rent Guidelines Board Decision

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June 30, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN CALLS ON NEW YORK CITY & STATE TO INVESTIGATE UNSCRUPULOUS BRONX LANDLORDS

As rent law negotiations loom large, Klein calls for crooked landlords to be stripped of vacancy bonus

Hundreds of Bronx tenants forced out of rent-stabilized apartments while greedy landlords pad their pockets

June 22, 2015
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Statement from State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Rent Regulation Laws

"It is simply appalling that rent regulation laws were allowed to expire last night while Senate Republicans entertained a measure that had no chance of passing both houses and did not even come close to making the necessary changes to the law that New Yorkers who live in these apartment so desperately need and have been calling for. In fact, the bill proposed and passed by Senate Republicans places new obstacles and diluted the right of tenants trying to secure or maintain their homes.  

 

June 16, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton warns the "American Dream" has become an "American Nightmare" for New York renters

New Yorkers facing huge rent increases, as a large percentage of their income goes towards rent - call for Rent Resolution that Works for All

June 16, 2015
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Senator Jose Peralta regarding the expiration of the rent regulation laws: "New Yorkers deserve better"

In light of the expiration of the rent regulation laws that affect more than two million New Yorkers, State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) issued the following statement:

“I have approximately 40,000 rent regulated units in my district, and the tenants are standing by concerned about what could happen to them because no agreement has been reached to renew our state’s rent laws. I continue to urge my colleagues to strengthen these laws to protect hundreds of thousands of hard working families who have fallen victim to skyrocketing rent prices in recent years.”

June 16, 2015
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Hoylman Blasts Senate Republicans on Expiring Rent Laws

Hoylman: Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Tonight, by allowing New York's rent laws to expire, State Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers. Rather than renewing and strengthening these important laws, my misguided Republican colleagues have passed phony ‘one house’ legislation that would fundamentally undermine the rent laws themselves.

June 15, 2015
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Senator Espaillat: We Cannot 'Punt' on Tenants' Rights

State Senator Adriano Espaillat said "To keep the current rent laws in place would be a complete failure on the part of our state government to protect tenants. A straight extender of any kind, such as the one proposed by the Senate Republicans, will mean a massive loss in affordable housing and will leave tenants vulnerable to harassment and unfair rent increases. These laws favor landlords in a city where scores of middle and working class tenants are being priced out daily.

June 15, 2015
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Senator Espaillat, Council Members Rodriguez and Levine, Hold Press Conference to Inform Tenants of Their Rights as Rent Laws Near Expiration

 

 

Senator Espaillat, Council Members Rodríguez and Levine, Hold Press Conference to Inform Tenants of Their Rights as Rent Laws Near Expiration 

June 14, 2015
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Fire Prevention Workshop Offers Tips, Free Smoke Detectors

Fire Prevention Workshop Offers Tips, Free Smoke Detectors 

(Hollis, Queens -- May 8th, 2015) In light of recent deaths across the five boroughs, Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis) hosted a Fire Prevention Workshop for residents of the community yesterday, May 7th, 2015. The workshop was the first in a series of planned fire prevention initiatives to help residents protect their families against home-based hazards. These initiatives are part of an effort to increase awareness and minimize risks from fire, carbon monoxide exposure and household appliances.

June 11, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH ULSTER AND DELAWARE COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic met  with Ulster and Delaware County representatives from the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) in his Albany office to discuss NYSAR’s priorities for the end of the 2015 legislative session.

June 10, 2015
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