The Rent Guidelines Board preliminary vote is Wednesday, May 5! Vajra Kilgour hosted a spirited discussion with Tim Collins, a partner at Collins, Dobkin & Miller, and Kenny Schaeffer, chair of the Met Council Action board & a Legal Aid tenant attorney in Queens, about the philosophical underpinnings of the RGB's mandate and how it has consistently failed to protect tenants.
The May 5 RGB preliminary vote will take place at 7 PM. The RGB will hold public hearings Tuesday, June 15, 4-7 PM & Thursday, June 17, 5-9 PM. The final vote will take place on Wednsday, June 23, at 7 PM. for more information about how to participate, click here.
Tim Collins - partner at Collins, Dobkin & Miller; Kenny Schaeffer
Info / Links:
Met Council hotline: 212-979-0611, M 1:30-8 PM, Tu 5:30-8PM, W 1:30-8 PM, F 1:30-5 PM; www.metcouncilonhousing.org, thetenant.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook & Instagram: search for Met Council on Housing; email: email@example.com – no housing problems please! Twitter: @met_council, @scottmsommer, @vajra_k; wbai.org – live stream, find archive, join radio station there – become a WBAI buddy in the name of Housing Notebook! @wbai
For info about the Rent Guidelines Board, including their schedule & reporrts, click here.
For info about May 5 RGB preliminary vote Met Council zoom watch party on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 PM, click here.
Rent guidelihes: For leases beginning between now & 9/30/21: 0% for a 1-year lease, 0% in 1st year & 1% in 2nd year for 2-year lease for apartments & lofts, SRO, rooming house, or hotel no rent increase; Nassau, Westchester, Rockland: rent freeze!
Heat & hot water: 10/1 – 5/31: From 6 am to 10 pm: If the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68 degrees everywhere in your apartment. From 10 pm to 6 am in NYC: the inside temperature must be at least 62 degrees everywhere in your apartment regardless of the outside temperature. Hot water at a minimum 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 hours a day, year round. Go to nyc.gov/311 or call 311 to report lack of heat &/or hot water, or file complaint with 311 app; outside NYC call dept. of health or buildings. Call hotline (212-979-0611) for help with organizing.