Housing

Why We Are Campaigning for Healthier Bronx Housing

Why We Are Campaigning for Healthier Bronx Housing

September 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm 0 comments

This post was originally published on CityLimits. Steps from the 4 train in the lobby of a Bronx residential building, 30 tenants met with housing advocates to discuss how they can improve their living conditions. The tenants’ echoing voices resounded throughout the lobby, cornered by crumbling walls and leaks whichRead More

James Rubin, commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, said his agency would work with the city to determine why the state has fewer apartments listed as being rent stabilized than the city says there should be. (Mike Groll/AP)

NYC May Actually Crack Down on Developers

August 12, 2016 at 11:50 am 0 comments

NYC May Actually Crack Down on Developers Who Cheat Taxpayers and Renters The head of the city’s housing department has laid out steps to boost oversight of tax breaks for developers and other programs overseen by the agency. New York City officials are stepping up oversight of tax breaks toRead More

Assembly members sit inside the New York State Capitol building in Albany. (Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty)

NY Lawmakers Want Stiffer Penalties for Landlords Who Ignore Rent Limits

August 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

  A bill introduced in response to ProPublica’s reporting would make landlords liable for up to 10 times the amount of overcharges imposed on tenants in rent-stabilized apartments. New York landlords who overcharge tenants in rent-stabilized apartments would face sharply higher financial penalties under new legislation unveiled in Albany. TheRead More

NY State Data Indicates Even More Landlords Duck Rent Limits

NY State Data Indicates Even More Landlords Duck Rent Limits

August 5, 2016 at 11:45 am 0 comments

As many as 200,000 New York City apartments could be missing from rent regulation as required by law, according to figures released by the state’s housing agency. Since the 1990s, New York City has published, and public officials have quoted, an estimate that there are 1 million rent-stabilized apartments inRead More

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams speaks to protesters and other pro-tenant activists in New York in May. (AP/Frank Franklin II)

NYC Bill Targets Landlords Who Get Tax Breaks, Duck Rent Limits

June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. City Council members propose inventory system and fines for landlords after ProPublica reports that 50,000 apartments aren’t registered for rent regulation as required. New York City landlords who get big tax breaks in exchange for capping rentRead More

Nancy Sher has lived at 125 Court Street in Brooklyn since the luxury building opened in 2005. After twice raising Sher’s rent beyond city limits, landlord Two Trees Management refunded her overcharges in 2013. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Tenants Take the Hit

June 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

New York Fails to Police Huge Housing Tax Break This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. When prominent New York developer Jed Walentas asked the city to approve a set of sleek towers on Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront last year, he pitched his company asRead More

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

Landlords to Pay $5 Million for Dodging Rent Laws

June 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm 0 comments

  This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. State, city officials target buildings receiving lucrative property tax breaks in return for limiting rents.  New York City and state officials announced settlements Thursday placing 1,823 apartments under rent stabilization, making a small dent in theRead More

Thousands of apartments like these in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood qualify for rent stabilization but do not show up on the state’s list of rent-stabilized buildings. (Bryan Anselm for ProPublica)

Landlords Fail To List 50,000 N.Y.C. Apartments for Rent Limits

May 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. In late August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York officials announced an unusual crackdown on landlords. Nearly 200 building owners were collecting big tax breaks under a program to spur housing, officials said, but hadn’tRead More

The Driggs, a luxury apartment building in Brooklyn, received a $631,000 tax break this year. (Cezary Podkul/ProPublica)

N.Y.C. Landlords Flout Rent Limits

May 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm 0 comments

But Still Rake In Lucrative Tax Breaks This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.” For additional content click here. As gleaming new housing towers spring up around New York City, thousands of new rent-stabilized apartments are coming onto the market. And in return for following rent limits, developers getRead More

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

Are You Paying Too Much Rent? What You Need to Know About Rent Limits

April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0 comments

This article originally appears on Pro Publica’s “The Rent Racket.“ Update, Nov. 11, 2015: This story has been updated to include additional questions and answers. Q. Is there a limit on rent increases for my apartment? A. You can punch your address into the search page maintained by the state’sRead More