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Kick-Off Meeting - M/WBE RFP: 516 Bergen Street and 542 Dean Street

Start Date: 
October 21, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
Location: 
Online meeting
United States
Description: 

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development will be releasing RFPs for the development of two sites it owns in Prospect Heights, 516 Bergen Street and 542 Dean Street. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 21 to introduce the sites' conditions, highlight opportunities to get involved and to review the future public meetings that are scheduled. Participants will be able to ask city staffers questions about the project and will receive a tutorial on the different ways to engage through the M/WBE RFP 2 website. More information and a link to RSVP is available here.

Open to: 
General public (RSVP required)

Tenant rights during the COVID-19 emergency

Start Date: 
August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, IMPACCT Brooklyn and the Legal Aid Society
Location: 
Online webinar
United States
Description: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of the city’s tenants vulnerable to harassment by their landlords and possible eviction. Learn about your rights, what resources are available to help you, and how to fight a potential eviction during this webinar with PHNDC partners IMPACCT Brooklyn and the Legal Aid Society. Topics discussed will include rent stabilization, repairs, lease renewal, rent strikes and eviction.

Click here to register to attend.

Open to: 
General public (registration required)

A victory for tenants in Prospect Heights

Posted: June 19, 2019 - 11:41am

Recently, the New York State legislature passed amendments to the rent regulation laws, which will alter or eliminate many common elements of the landlord/rent regulated tenant relationship. These new laws include:

  • Limits on decontrol. Currently, rent regulated apartments whose rent increases beyond a certain point or whose tenants make more than $200,000 a year may become market rate apartments. The new laws abolish or limit this practice.
  • Rent step-ups.  Currently, landlords may raise rents more than the annual amount due to vacancy or major capital improvements, or due to the difference between the maximum legal rent and a lower 'preferential' rent. The new laws abolish or limit these step-ups.
  • Conversion. Currently, landlords may convert a rental building to a co-op or condominium (without evicting existing tenants) if 15% of the units have bona fide purchasers.  The new laws require 51%, and the purchasers must be existing tenants, not investors. 
  • Permanence.  Currently, the rent regulation laws must be periodically reauthorized. These new laws are intended to be permanent. 

The new laws represent, in our opinion, a shift in the balance of power from the landlord of the rent regulated building to the rent regulated tenant: the laws remove many tools and incentives for landlords to vacate and decontrol regulated apartments and turn them into market rate units. Prospect Heights has seen significant displacement of residents by income over the last fifteen years. In PHNDC’s 2016 neighborhood survey, residents identified social and economic diversity as being one of the characteristics most important for a good quality of life. Residents also most frequently cited housing as the area in need of greatest improvement in Prospect Heights. We believe these new laws will make it easier for Prospect Heights tenants in rent stabilized housing to remain in the neighborhood as housing cost continues to increase, so consider their passage a win for our community.

More information about the rights of tenants, and services available to assist them, is available at http://www.phndc.org/KnowYourRights.

Know Your Rights, Keep Your Apartment

Start Date: 
May 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
Location: 
Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza Information Commons Lab
United States
Description: 

As gentrification of Brooklyn neighborhoods continues, pressure on tenants builds from landlords anxious to increase rents. The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council has teamed up with IMPACCT Brooklyn and JustFix.nyc to help tenants with the information and tools they need to keep their apartments and stay in the communities they love. If you are currently facing displacement pressure, or simply want to be prepared in the event of a change of building ownership, you will learn how to:

 

  • Prepare yourself. Have the facts about your lease, and know your rights.
  • Fix your rent. Take advantage of programs that can reduce your rent.
  • Build your case. Tenant harassment is illegal. Don’t let your landlord get away with it.
  • Connect with help. Community-based organizations are here to assist you.
  • Grow your circle. You, your neighbors, and your community are stronger together.
  • Keep your housing options open. Thousands of new affordable apartments will be built over the next decade in this part of Brooklyn. You have a chance to win one.

 

Open to: 
General public

Property tax "Day of Action" for seniors and individuals with disabilities

Start Date: 
January 16, 2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Housing
Sponsored By: 
NYC Department of Finance
Location: 
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street Courtroom
United States
Description: 

Seniors and individuals with disabilities who own their homes have until January 16, 2018, to apply for the newly expanded Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption (SCHE) or Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE). Recently enacted legislation has increased the number of homeowners who qualify for SCHE and DHE. Seniors and people with disabilities who own their homes and have incomes up to $50,000 may qualify for the full 50% reduction in their home's assessed value. Additionally, those with incomes up to $58,399 may benefit from a lower reduction.

Working with local elected officials, the Department of Finance has successfully enrolled hundreds of homeowners since late 2017. Any homeowners who have not yet applied for either of these property tax credits but feel that they may qualify are encouraged to attend the "Day of Action" on Tuesday, January 16th at any point between 10 AM and 4 PM. Prospective applicants must bring their 2016 recent tax return as well as a form of photo identification. (Those who did not file tax returns should bring documentation of all sources of income.) For additional information, please call 311 or visit our website at www.nyc.gov/sche or www.nyc.gov/dhe.
 

Open to: 
Seniors and individuals with disabilities who own their homes

Free help for you and your neighbors facing displacement pressure

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 11:14am

For tenants, being prepared can mean the difference between staying in Prospect Heights and getting displaced. Let’s talk about what you can do now.

The cost of a new lease for some apartments in Prospect Heights has nearly doubled over the last fifteen years. Thousands of residents have been displaced during that time. And more apartment buildings are changing hands--often with the expectation by the new owners that new tenants will be willing to pay much higher rent.

The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) was founded in 2004 to advocate for neighborhood-wide issues on behalf of the Prospect Heights community. PHNDC wants to help community members better understand their rights as tenants. By learning about strategies to address displacement pressure now, tenants have a better chance of keeping their apartments and staying in the neighborhood, no matter what the future may bring. And if building residents are already experiencing tenant harassment, there are resources in the community that can help them organize and fight back.