Public comments for: NYC Rent Guidelines Board Proposed Guidelines 2015

Comments

Comment:
Reasons for the need for strict and fair rent regulations: Our current system lets some people/entities OWN land, WHICH IS A RESOURCE BELONGING TO SOCIETY AS A WHOLE, and to use this ownership to enrich themselves at the expense of others. This system has similarities to serfdom, in that entities owning land can exact whatever price they want from those who need to use/occupy that land for residential or commercial purposes. Those who cannot afford the asking price are forced to find living or commercial spaces elsewhere, in less convenient or desirable locations. (Wealthy entities who are not even US citizens, but who are willing and able to pay the price demanded by owners of the land, can force American citizens to seek residential and commercial spaces in less desirable and/or less convenient areas.) Since land rightfully belongs to society as a whole, entities should be able to only purchase a long-term lease of sorts to use a piece of land. Leasing land should be considered a privilege, which comes with the responsibility (enforceable by laws and regulations) to use leased land for the common good. Entities leasing land should be allowed to make a REASONABLE profit from the land they lease. Land use/lease rights would be promptly taken away from those who abuse their land lease by harassing tenants (whether commercial or residential), by demanding excessive rents in order to make unreasonably high profits, by not providing reasonable and agreed upon services, or by not maintaining the habitability of property on the land that they lease. Regulations/laws (including rent laws/regulations) governing all land use should be in place in order to safeguard the rights and well-being of all members of society.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
High rents are pushing people who have made NYC their homes out of their homes because they simply cannot afford their rent costs. NYC is losing its essence in this way--businesses are moving out, and the people, the true New Yorkers, are too. People are struggling just to pay rent. It is unjust to push people out of their homes--mostly communities of disadvantage and/or of color--to accommodate those with more power/money. The economy has not increased at the rate of rent costs. Yet, the cost of living is increasing at a steady and fast rate. Additionally, NYC is littered with slum lords and dirty alliances between unlikely parties. So, often, NYC folk are paying more and more and not getting more and more. I think that renters should not cover the entire costs of capital improvements. Part of owning a building is investing in maintaining its integrity. Instead of burdening the renters' with the costs, the owners should cover at least a certain percentage of the costs and receive incentives from the City to motivate buildings' to maintain their buildings more properly. Apartments should not be destabilized, as this practice contributes to gentifying neighborhoods and pushing people out of their homes. All acts of injustice. How could you expect people to keep up with the astronomical costs of rents when salaries don't increase as the same rate? Please consider having happier more productive New Yorkers (better for the economy) than a quick, easy gain.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Lease renewals should be for 1, 2 and 3 years. The longer the term, the less the size of the increase. Plus the same rent increase limits that apply to apartments should also apply to the garage and parking spaces assigned to those apartments. Landlords shouldn't be allowed to jack up parking space rent as a back-door means to get a bigger increase when a tenant renews or a new tenant moves in.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Current Manhattan rents are already out of most New Yorkers' reach...and rents in the outer boroughs are soaring up. New York City continus to endure a decades-old housing crisis. Where are teachers, firefighters, librarians, artists and young families to live? Rent affects every aspects of our lives, including how many children we can have. Cost of living and salaries have not risen at the same rate as rents. A freeze must be instituted. Landlords and real estate developers are in control of individuals and retail and the sky is their limit.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Dear Board, while voting on the proposed increases for Rent Stabilization, please keep in mind that the economy has not improved much over the last few years. I do sympathize with the challenges a landlord faces in order to maintain their buildings. However, without tenants who can afford the rent, the landlords will have empty buildings, or buildings filled with people who only live here part-time and don't vote. Businesses continue to close their doors and well-paying jobs are hard to find. Many New Yorkers I know are still unemployed or struggling to make ends meet at jobs that are not paying very much. Many New Yorkers who are considered "middle class" make salaries that are too high to apply for "affordable housing" and yet not enough to afford the rent anywhere else. More and more people who love NYC and would actively contribute to its political process are forced to move elsewhere every day, because they cannot afford to live here without having three roommates and as many jobs. $3000+/mo. for a tiny 1-BR with windows facing a brick wall, or $1800+ for a studio with no closets is ridiculous and insulting! Lower rents will bring back real people and artists who will work hard make this city shine and thrive again. I can only afford to live here because of my rent-stabilized apartment, in which I have lived for a very long time. My great-great grandparents moved to NYC in the late 1800s and were able to make it and succeed, but if I wanted to move here now, I simply couldn't afford the rent! And my salary is considered quite good anywhere else in the country. Wealthy foreigners -- who cannot vote and do not care what happens in the city -- should not be the only ones able to afford an apartment here. Please give hard-working regular people, and artists who make the city interesting and vibrant, a chance to live in New York City without the stress and fear of eviction due to a sky-high rent! I feel that the 2015-2016 percentages for 1-year leases should be set to no more than .5%; and 2-year leases should be set to .5-1.5%. When the economy is booming again, the percentages can increase, but for now, New Yorkers need help to stay here! Thank you for considering my comment.
Agency: RGB
Comment:
Many people sign two year leases as I do. I think the rent increases should be the same as last year as I find that I have often had higher increases due to this.
Agency: RGB