Tenants protest preferential rent

Renters around city call for change in law

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association Board Member Anne Greenberg speaks at the Bronx event, alongside other tenant activists from around the city. (Photo by  Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association Board Member Anne Greenberg speaks at the Bronx event, alongside other tenant activists from around the city. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A few board members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association joined in a chorus of tenant leaders from around the city at a rally against preferential rents and the unexpectedly steep increases they allow landlords to charge.

The event, also a tenant town hall meeting, was held in the Bronx last Thursday. The Real Rent Reform Campaign hosted the rally, which was attended primarily by Bronx residents and community groups but also tenants from Manhattan and Brooklyn, at the True Witness Shiloh Apostolic Church in the Allerton neighborhood and was attended by about 100 tenants and community organizers.

Tenant advocates at the meeting from the Bronx Park East Community Association, Alliance for Tenant Power, the Met Council on Housing and the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation offered information for residents on preferential rent, vacancy bonuses and the possible renewal of the 421A tax breaks.

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