Members of the North Brooklyn Loft Tenants Association will express their dissatisfaction with the execution of the Loft Law at a City Council Oversight Hearing this Wednesday November 2 at 10am.
Representing approximately 15,000 loft tenants throughout Brooklyn, the association has stated that actions of the Loft Board are in conflict with the intent of the legislation, and have jeopardized the welfare of the very tenants it was designed to protect.
After an effort spanning eons of political time, through the tenures of numerous governors, mayors and other elected representatives, lawmakers acknowledged an outstanding housing shortage and the expanded Loft Law became New York State law on June 21, 2010.
In New York City, its execution became the duty of the 9 appointed members of the Loft Board, who have written many rules that are clearly detrimental to tenants.
Since the passage of the law, the Board has:
- shifted the burden of serving notices of applications from the Loft Board to loft tenants
- increased rent liability
- minimized public participation in hearings
- stifled conversation between the Board and the public
- attempted to remove the tenants’ right to participate in the upgrade process
- made no outreach to eligible loft tenants in the five boroughs
- forced tenants to retain a lawyer and an architect just to apply
Thus has the board afforded more power and protection to the landlord through the execution of a law intended to empower and protect the tenant. In order to preserve the homes and communities we have worked long and hard to create, the NBLTA wishes to make the facts known to the voting public.
If our voices are to be ignored in City Hall, let them be heard in the streets. The Mayor and his appointees will not represent the interests of artists: musicians, writers, craftspeople, chefs and restauranteurs, actors, dancers, entrepreneurs, architects, designers, merchants, filmmakers, and the many other creative individuals who have built homes and communities out of the otherwise forgotten warehouses and factories throughout this incredible city.