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Mitchell-Lamas in Jeopardy

Thousands of Mitchell-Lama apartments in New York City -- created by a wonderfully successful NYS middle-income housing program -- are facing extinction. This website primarily concerns rentals. If you want to keep your Mitchell-Lama co-op in the program, contact Co-operators United For Mitchell-Lama.

The year your building was built makes a difference!.

The state courts have affirmed the validity of a state housing agency regulation that protects tenants in pre-1974 buildings taken out of Mitchell-Lama. Tenants in building constructed from 1974 on remain unprotected.

This home page has the most recent announcements and articles. Click on the various categories on the right side for additional material.

  • The CALENDAR includes events regarding affordable housing.

  • To find your legislators and learn more about your building and its history, click on "FIND YOUR BUILDING" here or on the right panel.

  • Click on LEGISLATION for the status of pending bills this term, and on LEGAL CASES for recent court developments.

  • Find tenant association resources -- including

  • "TAKING ACTION" suggests what we can do, and

  • "EVENTS" is a record of coming and past events in the Affordable Housing movement.

Taking Action: Rent Guidelines Board schedule

Check out the Rent Guidelines Board hearing schedule and download it as a flyer.

Let's make sure there is a rent FREEZE this year.

Posted by sue on Monday, May 12 @ 13:31:30 UTC (340 reads)
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Legislation: Mayor de Blasio proposes preserving more MLs

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a 10-year housing plan to preserve and build 200,000 units of affordable housing.

Click on "read more" below for his proposals specific to Mitchell-Lamas.

Posted by sue on Monday, May 05 @ 20:41:46 UTC (527 reads)
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Media Coverage: Solving the Affordability Crisis

Read Steve Wishnia's article, "How New York Can Solve Its Affordability Crisis" in the Gothamist.

Posted by sue on Thursday, April 24 @ 12:37:22 UTC (120 reads)
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Legislation: NYS Budget helps SCRIE tenants but not much for other tenants

Senior tenants are helped by the 2014 NY State budget - but not the disabled.

The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption has been expanded to tenants whose household income as of July 1, 2014 will be up to $50,000 (the older limit is $29,000).

Click on "read more" below for more information.

Posted by sue on Wednesday, April 02 @ 14:25:06 UTC (1499 reads)
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Media Coverage: Mayor Names 5 to Rent Guidelines Board

Mayor de Blasio appointed 5 new members to the 9-member Rent Guidelines Board on March 27, 2014.

(See Wall St. Journal article.) Tenants need a rent freeze, not an increase, when leases are renewed for the period beginning Oct. 1, 2014 and ending Sept. 30, 2015.

Click on "read more" below for a brief biography of the new appointees.

Posted by sue on Saturday, March 29 @ 11:33:20 UTC (824 reads)
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Taking Action: March 27 Rally for Rent Freeze at RGB

Join a city-wide coalition of tenants, advocates & elected officials at the first meeting of the Rent Guidelines Board in 2014, to demand a rent freeze!

Posted by sue on Thursday, March 13 @ 00:59:27 UTC (493 reads)
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Taking Action: Find Out If Your Apt. is Rent Stabilized - after ML

Tenants who move into in pre-1974 buildings that have left Mitchell-Lama can find out if their apartments actually are rent stabilized.

Click here on the DNAinfo article to see how.

Posted by sue on Thursday, February 27 @ 10:09:12 UTC (535 reads)
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Legislation: Revised state Mitchell-Lama regulations

Check out the revised state regulations for Mitchell-Lamas here.

And there are new regulations for rent regulated apartments too. The state's housing agency's DHCR regulates all rent stabilized and rent controlled apartments.

Posted by sue on Tuesday, February 18 @ 15:59:35 UTC (169 reads)
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Legislation: New DHCR Rules for Rent Regulation

Some Law Governing Rent Regulation Has Changed - for the better.

The NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), which oversees rent regulation in the state, has just enacted new and better provisions to the RENT STABILIZATION CODE (RSC).

These regulations interpret the rent stabilization statutes: principally, the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974).

Click on "read more" below for a summary.

Posted by sue on Tuesday, January 28 @ 20:12:37 UTC (718 reads)
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MAIN: CSS: More affordable units lost than gained

Tom Waters and Victor Bach of the Community Service Society have just issued a report, "What New Yorkers Want from the New Mayor: An Affordable Place to Live."

This report quantifies the units lost to vacancy decontrol and gentrification - more lost than gained (or could be gained) during the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration.

Posted by sue on Tuesday, January 14 @ 13:35:26 UTC (223 reads)
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