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).
Even better news, a “same as” bill (S7686-2013) has been introduced to the NYS Senate by Senator Hoylman. NYCLT, LMLT and the loft tenant community thanks the senator his efforts to help create more affordable housing in NYC, particularly of a type that is beneficial to artists and members of New York’s creative community – which in turn helps preserve the creative economy and keeps NYC’s culture vibrant!
SUPPORT S7686 and A9545 • GIVE TENANTS A CHANCE!
- share your story with NYCLT to help politicians understand why these changes need to be made,
- send a thank you to our bill sponsors (linked above) or
- download this PDF and contact your local Senator, Assemblymember and City Council.