New York City Loft Tenants is a volunteer organization of loft tenants who provide advocacy, education and outreach services regarding the Loft Law for loft tenants throughout NYC.
NYCLT and LMLT have been working together to advocate for changes to the Loft Law in 2014. For the past few months we have focused on getting a bill sponsored which will remove the March 11, 2014 deadline for coverage application and landlord-initiated registration applications by meeting with local representatives at the city and state level. We’re grateful to the many community members who have volunteered their time to attend these meetings. We’re also thankful for the many tenants who have participated in our online community survey or who have volunteered to share their story, so we can provide representatives with more details about how the Loft Law impacts our community.
We believe the March 11, 2014 deadline should be eliminated because it excludes tenants from the protection of the law for no meaningful reason, and undermines the remedial nature of the law and the intent that it be broadly applied. Tenants who are denied Loft Law coverage will not be replaced by manufacturing uses – instead the units will stay residential and the rents will rise. Affordable housing units will be lost. Many owners will continue to rent the spaces residentially without making any effort to legalize their buildings and bring them up to fire and safety code.
In early May a bill was introduced to the State Assembly (A9545-2013) sponsored by Assemblymember Deborah Glick, co-sponsored by Keith Wright (Chair, Housing Committee), Barbara Clark, Joan Millman, Vivian Cook, Linda Rosenthal and Martiza Davila with multi-sponsorship by Margaret Markey and José Rivera. We thank these representatives for supporting live/work tenants and for their effort to create more rent stabilized housing throughout NYC. As of Friday, May 30, this bill has moved to the floor and has been put on the calendar for a vote – the loft tenant community is hopeful this can happen before the legislative summer recess (June 18).
REMOVE the March 11, 2014 deadline
REMOVE exclusionary provisions:
CREATE affordable Housing
Bring more buildings up to Fire & Safety Standards
Every day since the March 11 application deadline NYCLT has been receiving emails from loft tenants asking about their rights. Can they apply for coverage? What happens if they missed the deadline? Some tenants only heard about the Loft Law after the deadline or just missed joining their neighbor’s application – what happens to these units now?
The one thing non-applicant AND applicant (or IMD) loft tenants can do right now is support NYCLT’s efforts to fix the Loft Law.
1. Take two minutes to answer this brief survey. If the survey below does not work please try this link http://bit.ly/1e30hXG
2. Then ask everyone you know (who lives in a loft) to also answer our survey.
We know tenants want to hear what they can do for their lofts. This is real, this will help. We need more information about you and the community.
The NYC Loft Board is still trying to figure out what legal options are available. At this time they do not believe they can accept tenant or landlord-initiated coverage applications, even for units in buildings which may already have an application on file for some units.
NYCLT has joined forced with LMLT to lobby the NY State Assembly and Senate to fix the Loft Law. We hope to announce a bill soon to remove the deadline. Then we will work to remove other exclusionary provisions (like windows, basements and IU) to make the Loft Law more inclusive. We need stories from the community to show politicians why these changes need to be made. If you live in a loft but did not apply OR are worried about your coverage application please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will protect the privacy and identity of anyone who writes to us. These case studies will be used anonymously in private conversations with politicians (we will not post them online). Please contact us if you have questions.
As a tenant – the Loft Law is your only avenue for protecting your live/work loft. It grants you amazing residential rights and rent stabilization. Thousands of units throughout the city have already registered, we think you should be protected too.
Bringing more lofts into the Loft Board’s jurisdiction not only helps tenants and landlords but benefits the neighborhoods and city. The Loft Law is a remedial law – designed to bring illegally converted residential buildings into compliance with Fire and Safety codes. The more buildings brought into compliance and the more affordable live/work housing we create through the Loft Law, the better for everyone.
If you work for or are a local representative contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Updates to this post (as of June 1, 2014):
- The Loft Board is being sued for going into Executive Session during this meeting
- All Loft Board meetings after February 20 2014 have been recorded and posted on the NYC Loft Board YouTUBE channel per the requirements of Local Law 103 of 2013 requiring all city agencies, committees, commissions, task forces and the council to record, webcast and archive it’s meeting (not more than seventy-two hours after adjournment of the meeting).
Fellow Loft Tenants,
The recent Loft Board meeting was a little under 2 hours and featured, among other highlights, an ‘executive session’! The executive session was on matters concerning 13 and 15 Thames St and we members of the public were asked to take leave and wait outside the board room.
The meeting started with an amendment request (Daniel Schachter) of the previous mtg minutes to include a conversation on possible outreach efforts to tenants.
Early on in this meeting, Chuck DeLaney asked that the Board formally add to it’s policy issues for the future Chairperson the concern of a application deadline rush and outreach. He asked the Board to officially weigh in on and comment on the good of extending the deadline for new applications, and executive director Lanny Alexander seemed interested and well disposed to the idea. (They spoke to each other about it more after the meeting.)
On Sept 11th 2013 the NYC Loft Board published the final rules governing buildings covered by the Loft Law. These rules affect tenants covered under the 2010 expansion and 2013 amendment, as well as those covered under the original law. (Changes are minimal for “old Loft Law” buildings, except for the reduction in the milestone increases.)
With the rules published, the six-month clock has started ticking for tenants and landlords to apply for Loft Law coverage. The final deadline is March 11, 2014! If a unit is not registered by that time it may not be eligible for coverage. However, since coverage goes with the unit, it will still be possible for landlords to amend their registrations to reflect new tenants, or for tenants to apply to become the protected occupants of covered units, after that date. Continue reading
The deadline for applying for Loft Law coverage is March 11. How do help loft tenants all around the city to make an informed decision?
NYCLT will host a round table community strategy session Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30pm, at Crown Vic, 60 S. 2nd St., Williamsburg (L train to Bedford Ave) – look for us in the backyard. Continue reading
Last month we had a strong showing at the final Loft Board rules hearing from tenants who were concerned about the implementation of Incompatible Use and landlord abuse of the Narrative Statement Process.