Posted by TenantNet on October 23, 2000 at 02:05:59:
In Reply to: 20%rent increase posted by kim on October 19, 2000 at 20:41:25:
Seems like no one has really focused on the problem raised by the poster (although Chelsea got the closest). The poster is looking for help, not for lecturing or being told to "move out." There are more appropriate ways to explain the limitations of non-regulated units. Ken's latest suggestion may be well-intentioned (although it came off as curt initially), but it deosn't really reflect the real world of renting in NYC. This isn't Iowa where tenants have choices.
It may be that in the end, there is no solution, but we hope those on this board can learn to offer suggestions that they might use as tenant activists themselves, and that they can pass on to fellow tenants.
1. Inquire why the unit isn't stabilized (despite what DHCR says) there are ways to investigate and challenge. This is where Chelsea was going.
2. A polite way of saying that this is a good example why tenants should get on the street to demand meaningful regulation. (what is this tenant doing to effectuate this?).
3. We can't do the research, but there is case law against rent gouging apart from rent regulation. It might be in the book "The History of the Tenant Movement" available on the web site. I think it was in 1919 or so that ssome of the early tenant protection laws were based on rent gouging. And I've heard there is recent case law similar to this as it applies to the Martin Act (coops). We recommend the poster do some research on this (although gouging might be much more than the increase they are experiencing).
How about fleshing out these ideas?
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