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Isn't It About Time?

Posted by John E. Marre on April 08, 1999 at 11:21:22:

Considering our (NYC) rent regulations are approaching the "gallows" once again, and we, as tenants know all too well that those who are "supposed" to respresent us and our better interests will, more than likely fall very short of their expected duties, isn't it time that we, the tenants, take a relatively simple matter into our own hands?
A quick stop to the DHCR for a report on the rent history of our apartments may just be enough to incite some sort of activity on the part of a great many tenants in this city. The reports are free for the asking and may possible show (as has been the case in a few instances that I know of), that what you're paying right now is CONSIDERABLY higher than what the previous tenant was paying. (Break out the Pepto and grab some Maalox before hand). And if you choose to continue, you might find that your landlord really can't substantiate the current rent increase you've been strapped with. Do the terms "rollback" and "Overcharge reimbursement" start thoughts of a reasonable down payment on that dream house you've been saving for?
People, rest assured that landlords will use every tactic they can (and they've got many) to jack-up rents at every corner and fork in the rental road. It's not somebody else's total responsibility to watchout for the tenants in the city. (And "somebody else" won't anyway). Time to "do-it-yourself".
Proof of residence is basically all you need to get the ball rolling. Check where your local DHCR office is and drop by for a visit. You might find the results astounding!

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