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ProPublica Live: How to Fight Back if Your Rent is Illegally High

Oct 20, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ProPublica and the Brooklyn Public Library are co-hosting a community forum based on ProPublica’s ongoing investigation into New York City’s broken rent stabilization system – the landlords who sidestep the rules, the regulators who look the other way, and the tenants who suffer as a result. This free event will empower New Yorkers with practical steps they can take to fight back against unfair rent hikes and unlawfully high rent rates.

Though the firsthand stories of tenants who learned their rights and successfully challenged their landlords, the event will illuminate: how to find out if you are being illegally charged too much for rent, ways to learn your apartment’s rent history, when to file a complaint, pro bono legal resources you can tap, and how to organize tenants in your building. RSVP HERE.

Speakers include:

  • Lilian Piedra of Washington Heights, who pushed back against a big rent hike after learning her rights and had her rent lowered back to its original level.
  • Lane Altschuler, a renter from the Upper West Side, who successfully sued his landlord for nearly $1 million, after learning that he was overpaying for his rent-stabilized apartment.
  • Lyric Thompsonof Bushwick, who discovered that her landlord had misinformed her about the status of her rent-stabilized building. She and her neighbors have filed complaints in housing court.
  • Harvey Epstein, the director of the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, and a tenant representative on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board.
  • Aaron Carr, the founder of Housing Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that proactively investigates rent fraud in rent-stabilized buildings and connects tenants to legal support.

For more details, visit www.propublica.org/live.


Oct 20, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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