Posted on May 17, 2019
The Rent Regs Debate is About Giving Tenants the Tool to Fight
“I fear that I will lose my home, forcing my family to become homeless. And I know I’m not alone. Renters like me need our legislators to take action to prevent this from happening.” – Jorge, MRNY writes op-ed for @CityLimitsNews
— Make the Road NY 🦋 (@MaketheRoadNY) May 16, 2019
For the last 16 years, I have lived in the same Brooklyn apartment. I live with my wife, twin daughters and 20-month old baby girl. My daughters have lived here all their lives; it is the only home they know. In the last five years, my family and I have dealt with dangerous and unhealthy conditions in our apartment, while the landlord has repeatedly neglected to repair them. Ever since my family demanded repairs to be done, not only has the landlord disregarded our concerns, but now he has started a court case to try to evict my family.
In New York, more than five million tenants like me do not have any protections. That’s why I went to Albany with Make the Road New York and tenants with the Housing Justice for All coalition from all over the state. We must pass the “Good Cause” eviction bill, which would expand renters’ rights to tenants in buildings like mine by preventing us from being evicted without good cause. With good cause legislation enacted, tenants like me would have the upper hand in court when faced with landlords trying to displace us for no good reason.
I fear that I will lose my home, forcing my family to become homeless. And I know I’m not alone. Renters like me need our legislators to take action to prevent this from happening. The state legislature has the power to make sure families across the state enjoy basic protections and significantly reduce the risk of displacement. Our families’ futures hang in the balance.