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Housing Justice

In our district and across the state, many New Yorkers struggle to find affordable housing, live day-to-day in fear of eviction, or face unsafe conditions. We need to protect renters’ rights and make sure there is enough affordable housing in the district for young families to build their futures here, so that our economy continues to boom and we maintain our diverse, vibrant community. We must close the loopholes that allow landlords to increase rents. We also need to repeal the Urstadt Law and explore circuit-breaker legislation to limit the burden of property taxes on working families across New York.

 

 
 

Stats

  • Almost half of renters NYC spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent every year.

  • In our district, more than a quarter of renters spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent every year.

  • More than 21,000 families were evicted from their homes in New York City in 2017.
  • There are 89,000 homeless New Yorkers.
 
 
 

Action

  • Repeal the Urstadt Law which prevents New York City from adopting stricter rent restrictions.

  • Prohibit preferential rent increases, which allow landlords to raise preferential rents (i.e. lower than the legal requirement in a rent-stabilized unit) at lease renewal, forcing many families to suddenly pay more rent or move.

  • Close the vacancy decontrol and eviction bonus loopholes.

  • Increase transparency and accountability for Individual Apartment Improvements and Major Capital Improvements.

  • Expand Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 2.5 percent mansion tax on homes sales over $2 million to support affordable housing programs for seniors.

  • Pass circuit breaker legislation, which would expand property tax relief for low- and middle-income New Yorkers by ensuring that property taxes are not overly high compared to a family’s income.

  • Pass the Home Stability Support Initiative, which would create a new statewide rent supplement to help families experiencing homelessness, and assist those at risk of losing their homes due to eviction, domestic violence, or dangerous living conditions.