City Council urges state to close rent loopholes

Tenants from Spring Creek, formerly known as Starrett City, rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday as lawmakers met on closing loopholes that allow

BROOKLYN - Tenants from Spring Creek, formerly known as Starrett City, rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday as lawmakers met on closing loopholes that allow landlords to raise rents.

City Council members are urging the state to change laws allowing landlords to benefit at tenants' expense. The loopholes allow landlords to raise prices on rent-controlled apartments that remain vacant. Housing advocates say the practice weakens the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program.

Dozens of tenants from Brooklyn's Spring Creek housing complex are demanding the government throw out developer Clipper Equities' new offer to buy their complex. Spring Creek is the nation's largest federally subsidized complex with 6,000 units.

The federal government blocked the developer's $1.3 billion sale earlier this year after an outcry from residents.

Related information:

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 Brooklyn asked residents who their favorite 1 Word on the Street: Presidents Day
The victims, both males, are 15 and 18 2 The Buzz: East 55th Street shooting
A man is accused of an armed robbery 3 Man accused of armed robbery at Brownsville beauty supply store
A two-alarm fire broke out at a bakery 4 2-alarm fire breaks out at Williamsburg bakery
Hasidic fashion designer Seth Braunstein created the clothing 5 Brooklyn Style: Hasidic fashion designer creates clothing line

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE