Elected Officials Call on DHCR to Abide by J-51 Ruling
A group of 15 elected officials, including Council Member Garodnick, called on the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) to take immediate steps to protect the rights of tenants in the wake of the March 5 court ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer.
The court ruled that landlords who take so-called J-51 tax breaks for buildings with rent stabilized apartments cannot take those apartments out of rent stabilization. Council Member Garodnick and his colleagues called for the DHCR to abide by the ruling and stop the deregulation of stabilized units through high income-high rent decontrol.
The elected officials also urged the DHCR to take proactive steps to inform tenants of how the ruling will affect them, including landlords' obligation to offer lease renewals at regulated rates until their J-51 benefits period expires.