Topics of general interest to tenants, and specifically the rent strike of tenants in Long Island City against their neglectful and harassing landlord -
QUEENS TENANTS STRIKE FOR JUSTICE AND DIGNITY
Tenants in Long Island City have been on rent strike to hold their landlord accountable for not providing essential services, over six months of no cooking gas, and discriminatory behavior. Scott Sommer was joined by some of the tenants and organizers from Catholic Migration Services, who have been assisting them
Amy Collado, Tenant Organizer, Tenant Advocacy Program, at Catholic Migration Services; and tenants on strike in Long Island City -
Info / Links:
Met Council hotline: 212-979-0611, usually M & W 1:30-8 PM, Tu 5:30-8 PM, F 1:30-5 PM; www.metcouncilonhousing.org, thetenant.org; email@example.com; Facebook & Instagram: search for Met Council on Housing; email: firstname.lastname@example.org – no housing problems please! Twitter: @met_council, @scottmsommer, @wbai.org; wbai.org – live stream, find archive, join radio station there or call 212-209-2950 – become a WBAI buddy in the name of Housing Notebook!
Met Council's uptown walk-in clinics are happening on alternate Tuesdays, September 26 and October 10 and 24, at 5030 Broadway in Manhattan - arrive by 6 PM! Stay tuned for further dates.
Not mentioned on air, but useful: New rent guidelines for leases beginning between 10/1/23 & 9/30/24: in NYC, for apartments & lofts 3% for a 1-year lease, 2.75% for the 1st year of a 2-year lease & for the 2nd year, 3.25% of the amount lawfully charged in the first year, excluding any increases other than the first-year guideline increase; no increase for SROs, rooming houses, & hotels. Nassau County: ZERO and ZERO for 1- & 2-year leases for the Village of Hempstead, 1% & 2% for the rest of the county; Westchester county: 1% for 1 year, 2% for 2 years; Rockland County: 0.0% for 1 year, 0.50% for 2 years; Kingston: ZERO and ZERO for 1- & 2-year leases.
As always: Heat & hot water: Heat season is over; hot water at a minimum 120 degrees at the tap must be provided 24 hours a day, year round. Call 311 to report lack of hot water; outside NYC call dept. of health or buildings. Call hotline (212-979-0611) for help with organizing.