Stand for Tenant Safety (STS): Summary of Data to Document Construction as Harassment in Rent Stabilized Buildings & the STS Legislative Solution

Summary

September 30, 2015

The Community Development Project in partnership with the Stand for Tenant Safety coalition released this report documenting aggressive construction in occupied buildings and how it is used as a tool to displace rent-regulated New York City tenants. The report is based on 150 surveys and records from the Department of Buildings. The report also includes a set of legislative priorities of the STS Coalition.

The report’s release coincided with the introduction of 13 City Council bills that aim to reform the Department of Buildings, the agency tasked with issuing permits to developers and responding to tenants who report violations. Bill sponsors include Council members Chin, Espinal, Garodnick, Johnson, Kallos, Levin, Levine, Mendez, Menchaca, Reynoso, and Rosenthal.

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Media Coverage

Bills Aim to Protect Renters During Construction Work, New York Times, September 29, 2015
City Lawmakers Promise Tougher Laws To Help Protect Rent-Regulated Tenants, CBS New York, September 30, 2015
New Legislation Tries To Protect Tenants From Landlords Who Use Renovations To Drive Them Out, Gothamist, September 30, 2015
Anti-Construction Harassment Coalition Rallies at City Hall For Tenant Safety, Bedford + Bowery, September 30, 2015
New Legislation Introduced to Bolster Tenant Safety, The Lo-Down, September 30, 2015
NYC tenants pressure Buildings Dept. to protect them from landlord harassment, Metro, September 30, 2015
Bills Aimed at Protecting NYC Renters from Landlords during Construction Work, JP Updates, September 30, 2015
陈倩雯等市议员提保护房客法案, US China Press, September 30, 2015
半數房客遭驅趕 市議員聯手對付施工騷擾, Epoch Times, September 30, 2015
Legislation Looks to Reform DOB in Favor of Tenants, NY1, October 1, 2015

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