Harlem Council Member Mark Levine Statement on Rent Freeze Court Ruling

March 29, 2017

Following the decision made today by the New York State Supreme Court regarding the Rent Stabilization Association’s lawsuit against the Rent Guidelines Board, New York City Harlem Council Member Mark Levine released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a monumental victory in our continued pursuit of justice for 2.5 million rent regulated tenants in New York City. For years now, tenants in our city have faced record levels of displacement, an epidemic of evictions, and rents that go nowhere but up. But in that landscape of pain, the Rent Guidelines Board’s rent freeze was the one glimmer of good news, and this court ruling confirms what we all already knew – that tenants in this city deserve every break they can get. However, as the Board prepares to meet again this Thursday, our work is not done yet. With a third of tenants paying more than half of their income towards rent, we need to fight for a rent rollback this year to give tenants a much-needed measure of relief from the damage done by decades of unjustified past increases.”

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