REQUEST YR RENT HISTORY
(it takes < 30 seconds!!!)
let’s gather resources on rolling back rent!! :D
bc if it doesn’t happen soon, then THE PARTY IS GONNA END
& WE WILL NEED TO FIND NEW HOMES </3
here are some 1/4-page flyers u can alter & distribute at shows to encourage yr pals to request their rent history!! i spent approx 2 mins on them & will likely update [edit: …k just did, tho original ridgewood-specific version is in drive folder]; u can probably make something much better, but sometimes it’s nice to have a sh*tty starting point –– & i am here 4 u with sloppy drafts!!! :D
QR code takes you to this page: https://app.justfix.org/en/rh/splash
w/ a short/simple form to confidentially request yr rent history in 30 seconds
bottom link = https://www.justfix.org/en/learn/rent-history-101,
large text-ily subtitled
Rent History 101: Is your landlord illegally overcharging you?
here’s a highlight:
Tip 3: Watch out for huge, abrupt de-regulations! Prior to 2019, once rents hit a specific “magic number,” landlords could remove an apartment from rent stabilization forever. Once removed from rent stabilization, a unit becomes “market rate,” meaning future tenants have no protections against large rent increases or eviction without good cause.
If you see that your landlord stopped registering your apartment before 2019, it may be because the landlord increased the rent above the thresholds listed below. It may take a lawyer’s assistance to help you determine if the landlord deregulated the unit illegally. But, no matter when deregulation happened, if your landlord illegally removed a unit from rent stabilization, you can file a complaint asking for recognition of your rent stabilized status.
that’s right: even if yr apartment isn’t rent stabilized, maybe it COULD be????
when you get yr rent history, pay attention to what happens around / after june 2019; that’s when laws were changed to prevent massive rent increases. if you see massive rent increases that happened or were filed after june 14, 2019, it’s worth checking out!!
i’m adding + emphasizing “or were filed” bc, well let’s say a landlord hadn’t registered their building on time & then saw HSTPA pass & PANICKED bc they wanted to jack up rent; such a landlord might have then sloppily “backfiled” for multiple years in the days after, maybe even with a made-up tenant name!! obvs a hypothetical, but if someone actually did this it would prolly look something like:
literally john smith, lolololol!
as a note, even if you are successful, rent overcharge complaints usually take years –– but if u find evidence of fraud, u should def do it!!! communicate with your roommates! try to pass on leases to pals! if you leave an apartment, tell the new tenants what you know!
SH*T IS OUT OF CONTROL; WE NEED RENT ROLLBACK NOW!
full text from flyer:
WE NEED INFO TO FIGHT DISPLACEMENT !!!
IN 30 SECONDS
IF YR LANDLORD RAISED RENT MORE THAN IS PERMITTED,
U CAN FILE AN OVERCHARGE COMPLAINT ! YOU OWE THIS
2 YR NEIGHBORS, & ALL WHO HAVE BEEN & WILL BE DISPLACED !
DREAM THAT IT’S NOT TOO LATE
TO MAKE THE PLACES WE LUV
HELL FOR LANDLORDS & DEVELOPERS !
FOR ARTISTS TO STOP BEING GENTRIFIERS
& START BEING A PAIN IN THE ASS !
LET’S TRY • RENT ROLLBACK NOW