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In June of 2015, the TTC got its start as the Toledano Tenants Coalition, thanks to Nina D’Alessandro, who brought us all together. Special thanks go out to Wasim Lone of GOLES and SaMi Chester, formerly of the Cooper Square Committee, who taught us how to organize.  Our thanks also go to Stephanie Rudolph, formerly of UJC, who made us know our rights, and who fought for us like a champion in court. We are grateful to State Assembly member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brad Hoylman, City Council member Carlina Rivera and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for their dedicated support. And our lodestar is the inspirational Frances Goldin, who co-founded CSC and helped save the East Village from imminent destruction sixty years ago.

Welcome to the website of Tenants Taking Control. We’re here to share resources, experiences, and insights about coping with landlord misbehavior in New York City. Our goal is to make predatory equity a thing of the past. There’s an alphabetical menu above.


June 20, 2019 — This is such big news that it goes above the item below it (which is also big news):

Notorious Landlord, Raphael Toledano, To Pay $3 Million, Other Penalties For Harassing NY Tenants


June 12, 2019


This four minute video covers the rent reform that tenants needed passed as law in June of 2019. Many of them were. See the New York Times article above.


On March 13th, TTC joined Stand For Tenant Safety, City Council members and other tenants on the steps of City Hall to give this administration and city agencies (DOB, HPD and DOF) a report card on their implementation of the 2017 package of tenant-protection laws.


Read the statements of TTC members James Horwitz and Elizabeth Haak, at a ceremony honoring Mark McDermott of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, who offered free legal services to us and to the Community Development Project, as we battled the lawyers of Madison Realty Capital in bankruptcy court.


This report, put together by the Cooper Square Committee, the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, details how New York City has failed to eradicate its lead dust issues, despite having given itself a deadline of 2010 to do so.


Signature Bank appears to have listened to us! The proof will be in the pudding, of course. Here’s the full ANHD blog post.


On December 6, 2016, we served notice to Signature Bank and Madison Realty Capital that we are on to their predatory equity game, and are taking aim at it in 2017. Please share this: https://youtu.be/el-aKfR1Uzs

We’re all aware of the strategies that many NYC landlords have used to intimidate tenants. This site is intended to help us consistently thwart their efforts whenever necessary. Remember — we are in this together, laws exist to protect us, and in this, we have strength. Let’s use it.

The Mission of Tenants Taking Control

1 To support individual tenants and buildings by:

  • educating tenants about their rights under NY rent-regulation and harassment laws.
  • putting tenants in contact with community groups and attorneys as needed.
2 To protect our rights and to remind bad-acting landlords of them by:

  • continuously making city agencies aware of any violations.
  • making elected officials and the press aware of patterns of violations.
3 To advocate for tenants’ rights in all of New York City.

 

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