2016: A Year of Building Tenant Power

F-T-see ya later, 2016!

What a year it was:

2016 will likely go down in the history books as one of the most pivotal of our time. Amidst the turmoil, our Coalition leaders have intensified the fight for justice. Take a look at some of our hard-won victories and our progress last year:

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Flatbush Tenant Coalition leaders Lloyd Smith and Mr. Paul march in solidarity toward the Rent Guidelines Board final vote on rent adjustments in June of 2016. Tenants demanded a rent rollback, but the vote yielded New York’s second straight rent freeze for 1 year leases in rent-regulated apartments. [Photo Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Winning a Historic Rent Freeze

In July, New York City tenants made history for a second year in a row with another rent freeze from the Rent Guidelines Board: 0% for one year lease renewals, and 2% for two year lease renewals! Read more.

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Coalition leaders (left to right) Gloria, Beverly, Jennifer, Valerie, and Redoneva are all smiles as they celebrate the first-ever Brooklyn Housing Court Task Force meeting! Brooklyn tenants, unite!  [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Making Great Strides with Brooklyn Tenants United

Brooklyn Tenants United (BTU) made history in October by holding the first-ever Brooklyn Housing Court Task Force meeting! With this meeting, we created the first-ever platform for tenants to have a voice in decisions about Brooklyn Housing Court. Read more.

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Flatbush Tenant Coalition leaders all know: The 421 A tax-giveaway must go! [Photo credit: Flatbush Tenant Coalition]

Demanding Stronger Rent Laws

From the 421A fraud, to eviction bonuses, MCI fees, and preferential rents — Coalition leaders have protested the many scams, tricks, & loopholes used by landlords and enabled by weak rent stabilization laws. Read more.

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Building Tenant Power at Our Monthly Coalition Meetings

Whether we were learning about Community Boards, emphasizing the importance of knowing tenants’ rights, or banding together in solidarity amidst a harsh political climate — Flatbush Tenant Coalition continued to strengthen our base and sharpen our skills at our monthly Coalition meetings. Read more.

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Thank you for all your support last year!

We are hitting the ground running in 2017! Take a look below for more info about our upcoming events:

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Coalition Meeting: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Join us this Saturday January 14th, 2017 as we kick-off the new year with more tenant power & an awesome Coalition meeting! Start time: 9:45 a.m. Location: Baptist Church of the Redeemer, 1921 Cortelyou Road (at Ocean Avenue.)

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Benefit Brunch: Saturday, February 18th, 2017

We are confirmed for Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s Annual Benefit Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, 2017! Event details will be provided at our January Coalition meeting.

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