EXPANDED LOFT LAW SIGNED INTO LAW!
There are important steps you need to take to
ensure the new law covers your loft!
Time is limited!
The East Williamsburg-Bushwick Loft Tenant Association and RBSCC
Invite you to join:
Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez
Councilman Stephen Levin
Chuck Delany, Tenants’ Representative from
the New York City Loft Board
David E. Frazer Esquire., Loft Tenant Rights Attorney TO DISCUSS THE NEW LOFT LAWS & HOW TO ACCESS THE MANY NEW BENEFITS, PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU.
ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED! Where: Our Lady of Pompeii Auditorium
225 Siegel Street
When: Thursday July 15, 7:30 P.M.
Debra Feinberg at (718) 963-7029.
Just before midnight on Monday June 21, 2010 the new expanded Loft Law, the law on which Assemblyman Vito Lopez has worked for nearly two decades, was signed into law by Governor Paterson. After working through the night on negotiations to ensure the law’s passage, Assemblyman Lopez has achieved a great victory for loft and live-work residents throughout New York City. Just as Assemblyman Lopez fights each year to pass Rent Regulation laws, to repeal luxury decontrol and to provide a better quality of life for tenants throughout the State, this law is the Assemblyman’s latest accomplishment in extending rent protections, promoting affordable housing and effectuating positive change.
The loft laws were previously restricted to certain Manhattan loft tenants. With this landmark legislation, the bill serves to place stringent rent protections on “loft” units which were used as residences for any 12-month period between 2008 and 2009. In these cases, either Tenants or owners must register the eligible units with the Loft Board within six months and Landlords must bring those units into compliance with mandated standards. As a result, the Loft Law not only provides assurances such as protection from eviction and safety measures to loft tenants, but also provides some of the strongest rent protections available in the State of New York.
Assemblyman Lopez said “As an advocate for this essential legislation for nearly 20 years, I am proud that this expanded Loft Law has finally been signed into law. As loft tenants have greatly enriched our community by bringing arts and new industry to communities, to pass legislation that provides these tenants both rent regulation and the ability to continue to work freely in their residences is a significant victory in all respects.”
This victory was not easy. Assemblyman Lopez worked tirelessly with New York City representatives, Speaker Silver in the Assembly and the State Senate to make sure this bill was not vetoed despite mounting opposition from other local political representatives. This bill achieves a wonderful balance between providing existing loft tenants with essential benefits and promoting the culture and industry these tenants bring to communities while allowing for other flourishing industry and business to coexist in these same communities.
Deborah Masters, a long-time loft tenant at 475 Kent Avenue said of the Bill, “I have waited more than 20 years for this bill. After fighting year after year for these protections, loft tenants finally have the peace of mind that we deserve. At the eleventh hour, I thought the Loft Bill would be vetoed. I am so thankful to Assemblyman Vito Lopez for sticking with us for all these years and for fighting so hard to see this bill finally passed.”
Bill Hall, Lower Manhattan Loft Tenant Executive Committee member said of Assemblyman Lopez “It is exactly his sort of tireless, hands-on, total personal involvement that has enabled Assemblyman Lopez to prevail in securing what many people thought was the impossible. Making the Loft Law permanent is also a very significant accomplishment and we thank you.”
original post via Smack Mellon org