Rob from Save the Lower East Side sent this information along...
The June expiration of rent regulations in New York should be a personal concern of every renter, regulated or not. The erosion of rent regulations deprives all renters of rights.
Rent deregulation encourages landlords to withhold basic services since deregulated renters are often afraid to complain to city agencies, knowing that the landlord may retaliate with an unreasonable rent hike at renewal, just to get rid of an outspoken tenant. Tenants associations are weakened by that fear, so all tenants, regulated or not, are harmed. Communities are harmed by market-rate expansion and the transiency it brings, no less than its gentrification effects. The city's culture is harmed by the decreasing availability of affordable space so essential to new artists and communities devoted to creativity and social reflection and social action.
As the pool of regulated tenants dwindles, so does its voting clout. It is more important than ever for all renters to band together to make their voices clear. From Met Council on Housing:
Kick-Off Party for the Met Council on Housing's 2011 Campaigns!
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, 1-4 PM
61 East 4th Street, 4th Floor Btwn. the Bowery & 2nd Ave (wheelchair accessible)
Learn about our 2011 campaigns, how you can get involved, and party with a purpose!
• Rent-Law Reform
• Tenants' Bill of Rights
• Stop the Tenant Blacklist
The event is free and open to all. No need to RSVP.
[Image via Met Council on Housing]