2016-04-27 / Front Page

Tenants Informed About Housing Court Process

Tenants were informed about the Housing Court Process as Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s (LDC) Housing Workshop Series continues.
Central Astoria LDC and Queens Legal Services co-hosted the latest workshop in the series on April 21 at the Central Astoria offices.
The pleasant weather was an incongruous backdrop to what was an intense and informative session, culminating in two  representatives from Queens Legal Services, Jose Abrigo and Lino Diaz, discussing how to get  repairs by filing HP actions in Housing Court, tips to benefit tenants as they speak to the landlords, as well as how to use the 311 system. As Mr. Diaz stated after the workshop, “HP Actions are important because they give tenants a voice and ensure that their rights are respected by forcing landlords to make necessary repairs and stop harassment.”
Representatives from Central Astoria discussed rent control, rent stabilization, lease renewal procedure, and the yearly percentages set by the Rent Guidelines Board. The group also learned that if they have a disability they are entitled to ask for Reasonable Accommodations in Housing for things like grab bars in the bathroom, handrails in the front of the building or in the hallways, and ramps at the front entrance.  The NYC Commission on Human Rights will assist building residents with these requests if the housing provider initially says no.
This workshop series will be repeated every other month through August 2016.  The next workshops will be on June 29, 2016 and August 24, 2016.
You must register in advance to reserve a seat, as seating is limited.  You can register by calling 718-204-1056.

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