Last month, Housing Here and Now sponsored a rally to repeal vacancy decontrol.  (Community-Based Planning Task Force member organization East Harlem Preservation was there, and snapped the photo at left, among others).

Vacancy decontrol is the loophole in the rent laws that allows landlords to take apartments out of rent regulation and convert them to market rent when the legal regulated rent reaches $2,000 a month and the apartment becomes vacant. Because of vacancy decontrol, New York loses thousands of affordable apartments every year.

Now that the State Senate has a new Democratic majority, Housing Here and Now and other advocates are scheduling meetings with Senators to push for a repeal of the vacancy decontrol law.  In preparation for these meetings, they are holding a training session tomorrow night focused on housing justice and legislative advocacy.

When: Tuesday, January 13th, 6pm-8:30pm

Where: Grace Church, 86 4th ave (a little south of 11th street) New York, NY

For more info & to RSVP:, 646-202-3962

Spanish translation provided. Childcare provided. Wheelchair accessible.