RGB Recommends Rent Raise, Rejects Rollback

By: Steven Wishnia Published: May 2017 By a 5-4 vote with no debate, the city Rent Guidelines Board on Apr. 25 recommended allowing increases of 1 to 3 percent for a one-year lease and 2 to 4 percent for two-year leases in the city’s about 1 million rent-stabilized apartments. RGB chair Kathleen Roberts, who proposed the increases, offered no explanation or rationale for them, and did not stick around to answer questions afterwards. “I think it’s really disappointing that the chair did not explain why she voted for a rent increase,” tenant representative Sheila Garcia said. “I’m very upset,” said Inwood-Washington Heights activist Graham Ciraulo, noting that his building didn’t have gas for seven months and his landlord has been … Read More