[COMM-ORG] NYC tenant organizing

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Mon Dec 27 09:50:04 CST 2010

  From: Metropolitan Council on Housing <active at metcouncil.net>


Start the new year shining bright for tenants! Join us for a
Candlelight Vigil to Save Our
Rent Protection Laws
Monday, January 3, 2011 - 6PM
Steps of City Hall in Manhattan
By subway:4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge; N/R to City Hall; J to Chambers St.; 
2/3 to
Park Pl.
The Metropolitan Council on Housing, along with other groups in the Real 
Rent Reform
(R3) campaign, invites you to a candlelight vigil on the steps of City 
Hall to highlight
the need to renew and strengthen our rent-stabilization and rent-control 
laws, which
2.5 million New Yorkers depend on in order to be able to afford their 
The laws will expire on June 15, 2011, and we need to preserve and 
expand these
vital protections, for the millions who depend on them now and for the 
next generation.
Candles will be provided.
No RSVP is necessary, but we'd appreciate a note saying that you can 
make it! Send
an email to:active at metcouncil.net [mailto:active at metcouncil.net]

Join Our Lawsuit
To End The Tenant Blacklist
The Metropolitan Council on Housing and the National Lawyers Guild's NYC 
  Committee are joining forces to bring a federal civil-rights suit 
against the NY
State court system, seeking to block the sale of Housing Court data that 
is used
  to create "tenant blacklists." We are seeking potential plaintiffs for 
this case!.
Have you been denied an apartment because a previous New York City 
landlord sued
  you in housing court? Has concern about ending up on the blacklist 
you from defending yourself in an eviction case? Have you received a 
notice of termination,
or a notice of non-renewal, and are deciding whether to defend yourself 
in housing
court and risk ending up on the tenant blacklist? If any of these are 
true for you,
please consider joining our lawsuit!

Review the criteria for becoming a plaintiff, as well as an article 
about the lawsuit
in the December 2010 issue of Tenant/Inquilino, by visiting Met Council 
on Housing's


You can also send an email inquiry to: stoptheblacklist at metcouncil.net 
[mailto:stoptheblacklist at metcouncil.net]
You will receive an automatic reply with a brief questionnaire to 
evaluate whether
you will be a good fit for the case - and you will be personally 
contacted soon

Housing Notebook: Special Edition
Voice of the Tenant Movement
On Monday, December 27th, host Scott Sommer will trek to the studio from 
Brooklyn, and will be joined in the first part of the show by Elana 
Shneyer of the
Real Rent Reform Campaign. Scott and Elana will discuss an upcoming 
vigil at City
Hall, where hundreds of tenants will gather on January 3rd, 2011, to 
tell Andrew
  Cuomo (who will be Governor Cuomo by then) that expiring rent and 
eviction protections
for 2.5 million families must be renewed and strengthened. (See the 
first feature
in this email.)
Special tribute to Susan Cohen:
In the second half of the show, Scott will be joined by State Senator 
Tom Duane
and by Roberta Gelb, as they remember long-time Met Council on Housing 
member and
founding member of the Chelsea Coalition on Housing, Susan Cohen, who 
died this
past Wednesday at 69. Susan was a tenant activist, legal services 
lawyer, breast
  cancer survivor and health care activist. She also pioneered efforts 
to get progressive
attorneys elected to the bench in New York. To read more about Susan, go 
  But, there is no way to sum her up in a little blurb, so do tune in!
Housing Notebook, a production of Metropolitan Council on Housing, 
normally airs
  Mondays on WBAI, 99.5 FM, from 8 to 9 PM in the New York metropolitan 
area, and
  on the World Wide Web at www.wbai.org 
Programs are archived for 90 days at www.archive.wbai.org 

News You May Have Missed:
HPD Demands Documents In Key Foreclosure Case 
The city's housing agency subpoenaed the former and current owners of 
the Milbank
portfolio, a group of 10 Bronx buildings that has become a test case for 
what happens
to tenants when multi-unit buildings fall into foreclosure.
Judge Orders Brownsville Landlord To Stop Harassing Tenants 

A  Brooklyn Supreme Court judge has ordered a Brownsville landlord who  
owns an
illegal transitional home for recovering addicts and the  homeless to 
stop harassing
his tenants. The landlord has attempted to illegally evict  residents 
building by
trashing their rooms and by cutting off heat, according to court papers.

The Indictments For Espada May Keep Coming 
The grand jury may not be finished just yet with state Sen. Pedro Espada.

Join the Metropolitan Council on Housing today and get involved in the 
fight for
  decent, affordable housing!
Our members are the heart and soul of our work - leading our campaigns, 
and providing nearly all of our financial support! We depend on the 
efforts, and
  the membership dues, of people like you, for everything that we do.
To become a member and learn about the important work of Met Council on 
  go to: metcouncil.net/join.htm 
Members receive a free subscription to our monthly publication, 


Met Council on Housing's tenant hotline at 212-979-0611 between the 
hours of 1:30
and 5:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,for brief answers
to questions about your rights as a tenant, help in organizing a tenant
association in your building, or referrals.
Please note that we have been receiving a high volume of calls lately. 
If you are
unable to get through during our hotline hours, please be patient and 
try us back
a few minutes later.

Met Council's Housing Clinic offers tenants assistance with 
landlord-tenant disputes.
We meet at the offices of the Cooper Square Committee, located at 61 
East 4th Street
in Manhattan, every
Tuesday beginning at 6:30pm.
By subway: 6 to Astor Place; F to 2nd Avenue; or N/R to 8th Street.
Please bring all paperwork associated with your case.

 >From October 1 through May 31, landlords must provide heat at the 
following levels:
6am-10pm: If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside  
must be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
10pm-6am: If  the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees, the inside 
  must be at least 55 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
Hot water at a minimum of 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 
hours a day,
all year 'round.

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In Solidarity,
Metropolitan Council on Housing

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