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Are You Ready to Raise Hell to
Save Your Home?
Direct Action Training &
Planning for Confrontational
Protests to Strengthen Our Rent Laws
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 5:45 PM
339 Lafayette Street (Manhattan), 3rd Floor
Subway: 6 to Bleecker St;
B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette; N/R to Prince St
**Note: meeting is on the 3rd floor of a walk-up / no elevator access
The future of our homes is at stake, and the time has come for protests
more creative and confrontational - including civil disobedience. We
need to prepare
to go all out if May and June arrive with the future of rent regulation
Whether as a participant or as a supporter, please help us plan actions
the profile of the fight to strengthen our rent laws. No experience is
nor will we ask more of you than you're willing to do. At our first
we'll hear from experts in the art of direct-action protest, and then
our own events! All who care about strengthening our rent laws are invited!
RSVPs are not needed, but they are appreciated:
active at metcouncil.net [mailto:active at metcouncil.net] / 212-979-6238 x200
Assembly Passes Bill to Renew &
Strengthen Our Rent Laws -
It's The Andrew Cuomo Show Now
On Monday the New York State Assembly passed legislation to renew and
our rent-stabilization and rent-control laws, and at the same time end
decontrol, protect Mitchell-Lama and Section 8 tenants, reform the MCI
more. Fewer than 10 weeks remain for the NYS Senate to act. With
Republicans controlling the Senate, it will be up to tenants like you
Governor Cuomo and the Assembly to use their leverage to force the
Senate to pass
Keep the calls coming to Gov. Cuomo's office:
In your own words, please say:
"Gov. Cuomo must act now to extend our rent- regulation laws and repeal
destabilization. I need the Governor to protect me and the next
generation of New
Yorkers by passing the Omnibus Rent Reform Billin its current form NOW!"
Your feedback helps a lot! Tell us how the call went:
active at metcouncil.net [mailto:active at metcouncil.net]
With the RGB's "Poor Tax" Reinstated, What Should Tenants Expect?
How will rent-stabilized tenants be affected by the Court of Appeals'
the Rent Guidelines Board's 2008 and 2009 minimum increase/"poor tax"
may come down to how your lease was written.
The April issue of Tenant/Inquilino, Met Council on Housing's monthly
on the tenant movement, analyzes the court decision and offers affected
a guide to what they may soon face, in two articles:
* "State Court Approves Marvin's Markup," and
* "The 'Poor-Tax Ruling: What it Means for Tenants"
Read the two articles on Met Council on Housing's Poor-Tax Roundup Page
Members of Met Council on Housing get our newspaper mailed free every
your membership dues support our important advocacy and organizing work
and strengthen our rent protection laws.
Please visit our membership pag
and join today.
Voice of the Tenant Movement
Vajra Kilgour will host Housing Notebook on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 8
call-in number is 212-209-2900.
Housing Notebook, a production of the Metropolitan Council on Housing,
airs Mondays on WBAI, 99.5 FM, from 8 to 9 PM in the New York
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
Showdown looms after assembly votes to extend rent regulation
The State Assembly passed a bill on Monday that would strengthen rent
while setting up a possible showdown with the Senate and the real-estate
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says fate of rent regulations is up to
"We need [Cuomo] to join us and use his clout to bring together the
to make it happen," Silver (D-Manhattan) said Monday.
Tax cap trade for rent rules shaping up
Extending and even expanding rent regulations is a priority with
whose power base is downstate. Senate Republicans derive their strength
voters, who overwhelmingly want a tax cap. ... One longtime Capitol
lawmakers may be waiting until June before making tough final decisions
control or tax caps in order to make sure their political collections
have run their
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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
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,
TENANTS' RIGHTS TELEPHONE HOTLINE:
Call Met Council on Housing's tenants' rights telephone hotline at
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
association in your building, or referrals.
Met Council on Housing's free clinic offers tenants assistance with
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.
NYC'S HEAT LAWS ARE IN EFFECT:
>From October 1 through May 31, landlords must provide heat at the
If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside
be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
If the outside temperature falls below 40 degrees, the inside
be at least 55 degrees everywhere in your apartment.
at a minimum of 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 hours a day,
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