Marching to Protect Rent Regulations

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

According to the Community Service Society of New York, there are more than 85,000 rent-regulated apartments in northern Manhattan, including over 80 percent of all apartments in Washington Heights and Inwood. Protecting the regulation of rents on such apartments was the impetus behind the Renters’ March held on Oct. 25 in Upper Manhattan, Erik Cuello of Manhattan Times reports.

Organized by state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who was joined by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council member Ydanis Rodríguez and other politicians, the march to “keep affordable housing affordable” followed a route from 135th Street in Manhattan to Dyckman Street.

“We are fighting to ensure that these laws are renewed but in ways that strengthen the rights of tenants and strengthen our city’s neighborhoods,” said Sen. Espaillat.

“Today’s march communicates to Albany that they need to pass stronger rent laws,” added Councilmember Rodríguez. “The state legislature must empower Northern Manhattan to fight rent deregulation so that we can make sure the identities of our communities stay intact.”

The Emergency Tenant Protection Law, among other rent laws, is set to expire next year. Read more at Manhattan Times.

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