As you probably have heard, rent regulations are set to expire today if the NYS legislature does not come to a deal. We are still pushing hard for stronger rent laws before midnight, but if Albany fails to do so, here’s some of what you need to know.
1) If you are a rent stabilized tenant, do not panic. Your current lease is still valid. If your lease expires before September 13, 2015, you are entitled to a renewal under current laws. Most likely a deal will be reached in the next few days that will cover any retroactive periods. Do not move-out or vacate the apartment.
2) If your landlord is harassing you, threatening to raise your rent, or invalidate or not renew your lease he or she is breaking the law. Call 311 immediately to report the harassment. You can also call theMet Council on Housing at 212-979-0611 or Public Advocate Letitia James at 212-669-7250 with any questions.
3) If you are a rent controlled tenant (as opposed to stabilized) you are protected under NYC laws which do not expire until 2018.
Finally, while it is grossly irresponsible of Albany to put NYC tenants through this high-stakes stress – it is essential that we keep the pressure up. Please call Governor Cuomo now at 518-474-8390 to demand stronger rent laws – including the full repeal of Vacancy Decontrol. Then contact your Assembly members athttp://assembly.state.ny.us/mem and your State Senator athttp://www.nysenate.gov/senators to demand the same.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted as this vital fight progresses.
UPDATE: The NYC Dept. of Housing, Preservation & Development has posted a useful “what you need to know” for tenants worried about the rent law expiration. – http://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/renters/tenants-rights.page