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Teaching Hospital Goes After It's Own MD's -- Help!

Posted by Will on June 27, 1999 at 20:53:27:

Can anyone advise / suggest a lawyer on the following?

St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital employs hundreds of medical residents to staff its hospital wards and ERs. The residents are offered affordable housing on a first-come first-serve basis in a large hospital-run apartment building on West 59th street. The building was formerly in the Mitchell-Lama program, but the hospital just succeeded in getting it removed from the program several days ago (based on a NY Supreme Court decision). The minute the court decision was handed down, the hospital sent out (on June 25, 1999) new occupancy agreements forJuly 1, 1999 with the rent doubled (along with a demand for additional security deposit dollars).

Can anyone help us to turn this decision back?

A few more details:

Last year's incoming residents who have lived in the building exactly one year, signed riders to their occupancy aggreements saying that the rent would effectively double if the hospital was able to get the building transfered out of the Mitchell Lama program. It is this class of residents that faces the rent shock; residents from two or three years ago apparently will not have their rent jump up right now. There are also some non- hospital-affiliated tenants, who I believe were also grandfathered in. This year's incoming class apparently has been quoted the higer rent levels.

First year residents are paid approximately $37,000 by the hospital -- and the rent hike would represent from 15 to 25 percent of their annual income depending on the apartment size.

Thank you in advance for suggestions and/or referral.

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