Thursday, May 25th 7pm San Damiano Mission, 85 North 15th St Brooklyn
New York City Loft Tenants, in collaboration with Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants & TenantsPAC announce the “Rally for a better Loft Law”.
|• Repeal the June 15 Application Deadline
• Repeal Window and Basement Exclusions
• Repeal the “Use Group” Exclusions
• Update the Eligibility period to 2015-2017
• Make Rent Milestones and Unit size permanent
|Tenants, artists, elected officials, and housing advocates will hold a Rally for a Better Loft Law to show support for the 2017 Loft Law “Clean-Up” Bill. Loft tenants aim to make the Loft Law more effective, saving affordable live/work homes for many New Yorkers. Speakers will include Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Councilman Steven Levin, Councilman Rafael Espinal, Chuck Delaney – Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants, Michael Mckee – TenantsPac, Michael Kozek – Loft tenant lawyer, NYCLT Artists/ Activists Ximena Garnica and Aaron Scaturro.
After its initial passage in 1982, the Loft Law was updated in 2010. However – at the eleventh hour before the new law was to be signed by the governor – an amendment to the law was inserted, making major concessions inhibiting coverage for tenants.
The 2017 Loft Law “Clean-Up” Bill seeks to streamline the Loft Law, repeal the obstructionist exclusions, remove the upcoming application deadline, and update the eligibility period. By doing so, tenants who would otherwise be left out in the cold will gain much needed rent protection and housing rights.
Residential tenants of commercial buildings who are eligible for protected status under the Loft Law are protected from eviction, gain the right to have their homes brought up to code and become rent stabilized.
Improving the Loft Law creates affordable housing by adding rent stabilized units at no cost to New York City. The law protects neighborhoods and communities by keeping displacement at bay, supports the arts and local businesses, and helps ensure that NYC continues to be a world-class cultural capital and a true sanctuary city.