Urge Gov. Hochul to sign 4 tenant bills into law - Sept. 2023

 CALL GOV. HOCHUL TODAY to sign 4 tenant bills into law. 

Call the Governor: Fight Landlord Greed and Secrecy!

In 2019, New York’s tenant movement passed some of the most progressive pro-tenant legislation in our state’s history. But since then, landlords have tried to find new ways to unfairly raise rents and hide behind a veil of secrecy.

Last year, the legislature took important steps to close these loopholes and increase transparency for tenants. Now they're waiting for Governor Hochul to sign them into law.

Taken together, these four bills:

·       make it harder for landlords to hide behind secretive shell companies.

·       fix how the state calculates rent overcharges

·       decrease “Frankensteining” (combining vacant rent stabilized apartments in order to jack up rents)

·       clear up rules around tenant succession and landlord fraud

·       make it easier for upstate cities to opt into rent stabilization

Governor Hochul needs to hear from you now! 

Tell the Governor to sign all four bills today.

Just say "NAY" to bill to undermine the 2019 tenant law

 Go to https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2023/S6352 and click NAY.

Sen. Leroy Comrie's bill would eat into the 2019 tenant protection law, ending
  • the caps on IAIs,
  • the ban on longevity increases, and even
  • vacancy deregulation.

DHCR must determine "depreciability" for façade repair MCI

If rent stabilized tenants in your building are facing a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increase because of façade repair, this State Supreme Court decision might help you.  

The state law requires that to qualify as an MCI, work must "depreciable" under the federal Internal Revenue Code. The court ruled that façade repair is no exception - despite what the regulations say.  So the state's Division of Housing and Community Renewal must first determine whether the work done would be depreciable under the IRC.  Regular repair work is NOT depreciable.  To be depreciable, the work must

  • be performed for the first time
  • create something entirely new, and
  • be of significant scale (for example affecting at least 80% of the building). 

The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association and its lawyers, Collins Dobkin & Miller, won this case - although it might be appealed. This is from the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenant Association newsletter:

Tenants get money back— court agrees with TA challenges to 19 façade MCIs 

The court issued a very favorable Order and Decision on the TA’s objections to DHCR’s granting of 19 individual Major Capital Improvement rent increases related to Local Law 11 façade work. As you know, we challenged all approved MCIs in a filing called an Article 78, which comes before the court.

We prevailed on the two key issues: failure to file in time and failure to consider depreciability as an IRS standard for work to qualify as an MCI.

Right2Remain - sign the petition

 Landlords shouldn’t be allowed to raise your rent just because they want more profit. The #Right2Remain would help tenants to fight back against landlord greed. Sign the petition to stop the rent hikes! https://right2remain.com/