No matter what happens this week, you are protected until the end of your lease. Our colleague Ilana Maier at the Metropolitan Council on Housing says in today’s New York Times that “The fear is not that tenants will immediately lose their legal rights,” she said. “They won’t. The danger is that landlords will take advantage of the confusion and anxiety around the expiration of the rent laws to further harass rent-regulated tenants.”
For more information about your rights in case of expiration, see the Public Advocate’s information sheet here: http://bit.ly/rentlawsrights
CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO TODAY
Only days after thousands of tenants took over Albany on Tuesday for stronger rent laws, and after seven activists were arrested Thursday morning while blocking the entrance to Governor Cuomo’s NYC office, Andrew Cuomo is back to playing games. A week ago he called for stronger rent laws and an end to deregulation. Now he says the best he can do is renew them in their current weakened form. A straight extender of the rent laws as is would be a disaster, resulting in a steady loss every year of rent-protected apartments in NYC and the three suburban counties, and an ultimate end of the program.
Tell Governor Cuomo: Tenants Are Watching & We Will Remember.
CALL: (518) 474-8390, press 3
Sample Script for Gov: “Hello, my name is ____________ and I’m a tenant. I’m calling to tell the Governor to strengthen the rent laws & end deregulation. Renewing the rent laws is not enough – the Gov. must strengthen the rent laws & end deregulation. If he does not do this I will never vote for him again.”
The more calls he gets on this issue the better! Get your friends and neighbors to call!
If you have any questions, you can contact the Cooper Square Committee
at (212) 228-8210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.