Immigrant Housing

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Javier Valdes, Deputy Director of Make the Road New York and Brad Lander, senior fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development, discuss their recent work on how immigrants are particular affected by tenant housing.


Brad Lander and Javier Valdes

Comments [9]

Mara from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

I moved into a new apartment in the middle of January. It is in a rent stabalized building. The legal monthly rent for my roomy one bedroom is $1380 and they rented it to me for $900.

Mar. 04 2009 10:39 AM
hjs from 11211

more evidence that the bush years were all about bottom to top wealth transfer.

Mar. 04 2009 10:38 AM
Mara from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

I moved into a new apartment in the middle of January. It is in a rent stabalized building. The legal rent for my very large 1 bedroom apartment is $1380. They rented to me for a preferrential rental rate of $900/month.

Mar. 04 2009 10:37 AM
Freelancer from Washington Heights

I live in rent stabilized apartment. The landlord (Edel Family Management) is pushing for the maximum increase. The key here being that the landlord jacked up the rent from the previous tenant on dubious claims of expensive renovations based on the 1/40 increase rule.

Mar. 04 2009 10:37 AM
Cesar from Upper East Side

As a long-time tenant in good standing, I was able to negotiate with my landlord to reduce the 2-yr lease to the 1-yr price. Not much, but worth the effort.

Mar. 04 2009 10:36 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

To my knowledge, the Rent Guidelines Board has _never_ lowered rents and, indeed, has _never_ even held rents flat.

As for the Real Estate company study mentioned yesterday, it goes without saying that a company that depends on a robust real estate market has a vested interest in the outcome of a study on the prices of New York housing.

Mar. 04 2009 10:36 AM
Obi from NYC

I've heard that the financial crisis we're in would have the effect of raising rents because it keeps people who would otherwise buy out of the that market thus forcing them to rent and therefore drive up rental demand. Any truth to that theory?

Mar. 04 2009 10:35 AM

Re rents for stabilized apts: I recently renegotiated a lease renewal agreement for a family friend- while the overall monthly rent will still increase, we were able to decrease the amount by which management initially proposed to increase their rent from an additional $150/ month to $50/ month.

Mar. 04 2009 10:35 AM
Noah from Brooklyn

I'm just curious if the statistic is post or pre tax income.

Mar. 04 2009 10:30 AM

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