Haven't they been reading the conspicuous language relevant to government assistance and its inclusion as an income source rendering prospective renters eligible for leases across New York City?
Isn't it a given that, if you are a New York City apartment dweller who always pays your rent on time and uniformly fulfills all your other duties relevant to the contracted-for bargain reached with your landlord, you should be able to live in peace?
As many renters know, Heat Season starts on October 1 in New York City. With two months left, it's important to understand the details of this law.
From October 1 to May 31, residential landlords must provide heat in their buildings. The law states that between 6:00 in the morning and 10:00 at night, the indoor temperature must be at least 68 degrees if the outside temperature is lower than 55 degrees. Between 10:00 at night and 6:00 in the morning, the indoor temperature must be at least 55 degrees if the outdoor temperature is lower than 40 degrees.
The answer to the above-posed headline query in today's blog post rings adamantly clear for a number of New York state and municipal politicians who are joined by various tenants' advocacy groups in opposing the recent actions of a tax-exempt organization that also operates as a city landlord.
Some readers of this blog, and many New York City residents generally, might be flatly bewildered by reasoning recently advanced by an advocate for city landlords regarding increases on rent-stabilized apartments.
"It's like a sieve on the Upper West Side," says one New York City Council member. "We're just losing them hand over fist."
Reportedly, he couldn't be reached for comment.
From January 2013 to June 2015, over 450,000 eviction cases were filed in New York City. Many of these evictions are linked to the ease with which landlords can get around rent stabilization laws, thanks to a 1994 law.
Since the law passed, apartment rents in the city drastically increased, making them unaffordable for many people, typically those who are older and less affluent. The law allows landlords to charge market rates when a rent stabilized rent increases to a certain amount (currently $2700/month) when tenants move out. This process is called vacancy decontrol.
Every human being has the same basic needs. Food, clothing and shelter are among the most fundamental.
But, in New York City's often-brutal rental market, securing adequate shelter is harder than it needs to be. Landlords push illegal evictions on tenants, knowing their renters don't have the resources to challenge them. Mayor Bill DeBlasio's administration is working to put an end to this.