Rally for a better Loft Law

NYCLT_Flyer_5.25.2017_Update_greenThursday, 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

co-sponsored with
Dumbo Neighborhood Alliance

Tenants PAC

Arts in Bushwick

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.

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May 2017 Loft Law Events

Upcoming events in May:

Thursday, May 18, 2:30pm NYC Loft Board monthly public meeting. Pack the house! 280 Broadway, NY, NY 10007, 3rd FL, Conference Room


May 19 Session 2Session Two:
Legal + Advocacy
Friday, May 19
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

334 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY 11211 (btwn Rodney St & Keap St) St Paul Church. Entrance on S. 5th St. Look for sign on the door. Just two blocks from Marcy Avenue JMZ lines. RSVP for May 19 HERE

A conversation focused on the legal issues involved for those who have applied or are covered by the Loft Law. Experienced volunteers (tenants) and Loft Law specialized lawyers will be available to answer questions about OATH, rent adjustments, roommates and subletting, etc. There will also be a discussion about ongoing lobbying efforts this Spring and how you can help improve the Loft Law.

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NYCLT_5.25.2017Thursday, May 25, 7-9:00pm
NYCLT Rally for 2017 Loft Law Legislation!
At San Damiano Mission 85 North 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (just past Berry Street across from the Lot Radio). Download our 4up flyer and print (black ink) on colored 8.5×11 paper.

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.

Download the press release here.

April 2017 Loft Law events

There’s a lot popping up on the calendar in the next few months as tenant groups and city agencies prepare for the upcoming (June 15) application deadline. We’ll post all the upcoming events for you here:

NYCT-Session1-21APRILFriday, April 21, 6:30-9:30pm
NYCLT Loft Law 101 + Advocate Info session

334 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY 11211 (btwn Rodney St & Keap St) St Paul Church. Entrance on S. 5th St. Look for sign on the door. Just two blocks from Marcy Avenue JMZ lines. Co-hosted with the Brooklyn Arts Council and NYC Artist Coalition.

Thanks Ximena and our many tireless tenant volunteers for their energy organizing this. Read more about the NYCLT Loft Law info sessions here.


DCA-LoftBoard-28APRILFriday, April 28, 4:30-5:30pm “General Information Session: NYC’s Loft Law” with Helaine Balsam (Executive Director of the NYC Loft Board). At the Department of Cultural Affairs 31 Chambers Street, NY, NY 10007 2nd Floor, Room 201. Organized by the Dept of Cultural Affairs. Read more here.

Thanks to the DCA Commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl, our friends at NYC Artist Coalition and the volunteers who turned it up at the recent Market Hotel We Support Spaces event.