If you are a relatively new tenant (meaning you don't have a real rent-stabilized apartment, but are at the mercy of what happened after the Roberts decision), then you are probably aware by now of the difference between your real, base rent and your preferential rent. Upon lease-renewal the landlord has the ability to raise your rent up to your real rent, and there's nothing you can do about it. So it can be an extra $200, $400 or more, per month, which can force out people who are living here at the edge of financial stability. Tenants have been able to have a portion of these rents raises softened by management, but I've no idea by much, if, for certain tenants, at all.
Apparently, it was not enough for this tenant and her family, who posted on the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village Tenants Facebook page that's not run by the TA a simple message that says it all:
"We decided to not fight our lease renewal. Its just not worth it for the
quality of living. We are moving to Bergen County NJ. Could anyone
recommend a good moving company? Thanks a lot."
So families who wish to live here in this complex, and who currently do, have to make these type of decisions upon lease renewal time.
ST/PCV: Less families, more students.
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