Posted by Ron on February 23, 1999 at 11:49:21:
In Reply to: Re: Landlord Using Noise & More posted by Tenantnet on February 22, 1999 at 23:11:12:
Affordable housing & the Met Council are sympatico, however a third part of the equasion will have to be the Coexistence factor. Without this (layed out in legalese.. however fortunate or unfortunate) there will be NO end to this maniacal free handedness on the part of the LLs and their henchman to harrass and get rid of targeted tenants, the vile residual effect of which will be the ousting of the Middle Class, you're right.
The Met Council's and all of their trusted representatives' efforts have been considerable, any myopia - focus on one primary issue - is somewhat understandable, given the immensity of the campaign their engaged in. But with all of their effort thrown at the front door and affordable housing, the dark side of LLs is creeping in through the back, and affordable new housing or not, the old, already existing buildings and their tenants are taking a beating.. right again!
I'm suggesting the overt emphasis of Coexistence, because after reading these online pages, it seems that just about every other defense has been eroded (if one is to believe what is exchanged as information, here online.) This isn't something I'm pulling out of thin air, but printed for all to read at the end of the "Tenants Rights", that the Met Council hands out as part of the information packet they send to any interested party. A major case seems possible, utilizing quality of life - Fed, State & City mandates, that the landlord do everything possible to insure the tenant's right to quiet and peaceful coexistence with neighbors. This Coexistence issue was tested, I believe two or so years ago, by an Upper West Side tenant who won a court decision, popular enough to be aired on prime time news.
Perhaps coordinating experiences through surveys, studies, interviews etc. here on the net or privately, would supply the needed criteria for a strong offense/suit. This might give tenants a powerful tool to control tenant/rental environment, and more importantly landlord harassment, which in these times would prove a powerful tool indeed. More common than ever, this Coexistence issue as alluded to in Met Council papers, seems strong enough to be pushed to the limit. Any opinions will be welcomed. Thank you.
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