Metropolitan Council On Housing Campaigns
Rent regulation is the largest affordable housing program in New York, but it is being rapidly phased out.
2.5 million New Yorkers depend on rent stabilization and rent control for protections against steep rent increases and evictions without cause. But these laws have been severely weakened after decades of relentless lobbying by powerful and wealthy landlords.
We're pushing a sweeping package of legislative reforms to preserve this vital affordable housing stock for this generation and the next. Learn more...
Intro 477, the Tenants' Bill of Rights Law, is simple: it would require a poster summarizing the basic rights of tenants to be displayed in every privately owned apartment building in New York City, and for this same summary to be handed to tenants along with their leases.
Met Council on Housing took the lead in writing this legislation, and we are now pushing for its passage at the New York City Council.
Tenants are taken advantage of when they don't know their rights. Help us pass a law that will curb abuses against tenants and help better enforce the rights we've already won. Learn more...
New York's housing courts sell the data of tenants who are taken to court by their landlords. The information is used to create 'tenant screening reports', which are sold to landlords to evaluate prospective new tenants. The reports are better known as the tenant 'blacklist', because when landlords find out that a tenant has been in housing court, no matter the reason, the tenant is usually denied the apartment she is applying for. Tenants are punished for:
- legally withholding rent to get repairs that landlords refuse to make
- defending themselves in evictions brought through no fault of their own
- having a similar name as another tenant who was in housing court
Concern about ending up on the blacklist also causes many tenants to avoid housing court at all costs - discouraging many from exercising their legal rights, and turning housing court into a "glorified rent-collection agency."
Met Council on Housing is pushing for an end to the sale of Housing Court data that is used to create these blacklists. Learn more...