Tenants Rally to Applaud City Council Vote to Stop ‘Construction as Harassment’

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 at 9:35 am by

Rally against Samy Mahfar, April 2015

There is a rally this afternoon to applaud the City Council vote on legislation to stop the trend of “construction as harassment.” The event is organized by the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, whose mission is the same. They’re a collection of community organizations “fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City tenants where landlords are using construction as harassment.”

Details below:

More than 100 tenants, along with community organizations, legal advocates and elected officials, will rally at City Hall on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, to applaud the scheduled City Council vote on legislation to stop “construction as harassment.” This bill is the 12th and final bill in the Stand for Tenant Safety legislative package and will create a Real Time Enforcement unit (RTE) so that the Department of Buildings can respond to complaints more quickly and will ensure that there is a unit to help measure and track complaints and violators. Aggressive landlords frequently use dangerous construction work in residential buildings to harass rent-regulated tenants. The rally, organized by Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition, will celebrate the Council’s vote to pass final bill of a package of legislation to help end the harassment and strengthen tenant rights.

WHAT: Rally to end construction as harassment

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: City Hall (on front steps)
City Hall Park, New York, NY 10007

WHO: Stand for Tenant Safety coalition
100+ tenants
Elected officials

Many unscrupulous landlords use dangerous or negligent construction to harass tenants out of rent-regulated apartments. When landlords successfully evict, displace, or “harass out” rent stabilized tenants, their apartments can be leased to the next tenant at a much higher rent, adding to the loss of affordable housing in New York City.

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