Public comments for: NYC Rent Guidelines Board Proposed Guidelines 2020

Comments

Comment:
I urge the Rent Guidelines Board to immediately adopt 0% rent increases for one and both years of a two-year leases. I live in a rent-stabilized apartment and pay already close to 35% of income to rent. My neighbors have lost their jobs, have families to feed and care for, and some pay close to 50% of income to rent. Right now, so many New Yorkers are out of work, and those who are lucky to have a job are dealing with budget cuts in the very near future - meaning that their jobs are not safe. We are in an economic recession. There is nothing that should justify anything but a 0% immediate increase across NYC. Landlords may express that they need more money, but I do not agree. Landlords should be organizing to the state and federal government for relief. The people of NYC are at the mercy of building owners, even when our pipes are broken, our windows unstable, vermin slip through cracks in our walls. These are all things I've seen in my own apartment building. This is not an excuse to demand more money from the tenants who are living in these conditions and often have nowhere else to go. You cannot say that the economy will be better in one year. Some of my neighborhood stores and food shops have permanently closed due to COVID. Where will they find work now? Work needed to pay their rent, but most importantly to feed themselves and care for themselves. I've seen the lines outside of schools to pick up food daily and there are hundreds of families visiting my local area schools for support. How could they be asked to pay more to rent when they cannot afford food? I believe that you will do the right thing. I implore you to adopt 0% rent increases immediately.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
This is a PDF version of the DOCX file that I uploaded to you.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
I am a self employed (currently unemployed due to the COVID-19 epidemic) Broadway pianist and conductor that currently lives in a rent stabilized apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. I’m writing to ask that the proposed 0% increase be effective immediately vs. October 1st, 2020. My lease renewal is due June 1st 2020, and because I’m unemployed I was hoping you would lower the rent increases so that my rent wouldn’t go up while I’m unemployed for the foreseeable future. Broadway tentatively will re open after Labor Day, but I think that is a pipe dream. It’s frustrating that the proposition goes into effect in October! The entire city has been adversely affected by this pandemic this spring/summer, and we are in need of immediate rent relief vs. gradual. I realize that this is an unprecedented request due to the normal schedule for rent percentage increases, but these are extraordinary times! Out of the box solutions are needed to figure out how we can all live during this difficult time! Fingers crossed you’ll take this into consideration.
Agency: RGB