Public comments for: NYC Rent Guidelines Board Proposed Guidelines 2018

Comments

Comment:
There should be no increases until there is serious enforcement regarding building violations. We have too many people living in grossly substandard conditions. We have too frequent harassment of rent stabilized tenants. We have obfuscatory practices such as preferential rent that defeat the entire premise of rent regulation. Currently, many landlords accrue ample rent increases via vacancy increases, over-estimating the value of major capital improvements, and raising preferential rents. When proper oversight and analysis of these issues is instituted and vigorous enforcement commences with regard to remediation of building violations and tenant harassment, only then should any increases be granted.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
The RGB's proposal to increase rents for one-year leases by 0.75-2.75% and to increase rents for two-year leases by 1.75-3.75% should be rejected and all regulated rents should be frozen until necessary reforms in the rent-stabilization system are made. Any rent increases should be contingent on all of the following reforms: (1) elimination of vacancy deregulation/decontrol; (2) elimination of vacancy allowances; and (3) elimination of permanent rent increases based on MCI or IAI in favor of temporary increases, spread over 10 years. Without such necessary reforms to balance the detrimental impact of rent increases on tenants, the crisis in affordable housing will only worsen.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Our hero mayor must be commended for freezing rents the past two years. Well done Mr. Mayor. Now let's be progressive with this and continue forward with securing the idea tenants of modest means and the poor have a place in this great city. Please reconsider raising rents any higher than 1% for 1yr and 2% for 2yr. Let's be sensible here and logical. Tenants got screwed during the Bloomberg years and we all need relief and progressive works to undo the madness of allowing Bloomberg et al to cause further damage to affordable housing in the city. Mayor Bloomberg was never affected by the high rent increases he imposed upon his fellow residents. Let's be sensible here and logical. My proposal would be for you to consider raising rents no higher than 1% for 1yr and 2% for 2yr. Of course, if I were in charge, I would order a drop of 2% for all rent regulated apartments. This wouldn't undo the problems created by the Bloomberg administration, but it would, logically be a progressive NEXT STEP.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Here we go again, no real change is being made to address the lack of landlords being held accountable for maintaining apartment conditions. Why are you not raising the fines on landlords every year like you're raising rents? The voice of the PEOPLE continues to be ignored. Do you want people to chose between a roof over their heads and food in the mouths of their children? Where is the compassion? There is none, because the people reading these comments don't relate to the under served and struggle families have to make every single day to survive. Once again the concerns are not being heard. You have failed us once again. Its a shame that you created 311 to address and hear the concerns of those that built this city and now are retired and continue to see their rents go up every year. When are you going to stop raising rents - when it gets to $50,000 a month for rent? You've failed once again.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Dear RGB members, Once a building is converted from a rent stabilized building to a condo, all remaining RS tenants rent rates should be FROZEN! The building owner cannot and should not get a tax break, plus convert the building to condo's and make a huge profit at taxpayers expense. Our landlord destabilized 31 out of 60 apartments - had no TPP (tenant protection plan) in place and all the rent stabilized tenants lived in construction HELL and dust bowl for 4 years. In the last 6+ years the owner submitted over 28 work permits (WP1) to the DOB. all of them (in paragraph 26) stated that NO RENT STABILIZED tenants were living in the building during the construction /conversion of these apartments. this cannot be a clerical error. this was done deliberately (illegal under penalty of law - FALSIFICATION OF ANY STATEMENT IS PUNISHABLE BY FINE OR IMPRISONMENT OR BOTH) to avoid DOB inspection. Do you think this owner cares about the .075 increase for 1 year or 1.25 increase for 2 years in additional rent from the remaining rent stabilized tenants living in the building when he's made millions and still getting a tax abatement from NYC? Not only do I disagree with the proposed RGB increases, but challenge you to roll back all rent increases in the past 10 years, freeze the rent indefinitely, punish the owners by imposing heavy fines and imprisonment that have gamed the system, like our owner did. Every statement above is fact and verifiable through NYC agency records i.e Dept of Finance, DOB and ECB. I put the time and energy to do the research. with your resources, you will be able to review what I have, in a fraction of the time. Thank you for your consideration and professionalism.
Agency: RGB