NYCLT letter on rule hearings

Dear Ms. Alexander:
Dear Mr. LiMandri:

Please distribute this letter to the Loft Board.

NYCLT was concerned to hear at the last Loft Board meeting that once again, rule publication has been delayed, this time because the Board is concerned that loft tenants will be confused by individual rules being published out of context.

While we appreciate the complexity of the Loft Board rules and the need to understand the connections between them, we are afraid that the continued delay is going to affect our ability to comment on the rules more than our comprehension of them. Without sufficient tenant testimony, the Board risks passing ill-considered rules.

We hope that the Loft Board is still interested in the on-the-ground experience and knowledge of tenants affected by the new law. The remaining 12 rules will have a huge impact on tenants and we hope that we will have proper time to read them and provide our perspective during public hearings. Each hearing should address one rule so that we can reasonably prepare testimony.

Most loft tenants work days and do not have time to come to Loft Board meetings every other week, and if the hearings are scheduled back-to-back, there is no way that we will be able to testify about how the rules affect us. We also doubt that Board members will have any chance to respond to our concerns if the hearings are too close together.

We call on the Loft Board to
release the draft rules now so that we can start learning how they affect us
schedule the hearings at a reasonable pace so that working people can attend
schedule one rule per hearing so that we can testify on each one
allow the Board to ask questions of people giving testimony
schedule time between hearings for the Board to adjust rules based on public comment

Thank you,

cc: Council Member Erik Dilan, Council Member Stephen Levin,
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz,
State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol,
State Senator Daniel Squadron

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