'Real Rent Reform Campaign' kicks off in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN - A rent-reform group held a rally at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church Thursday evening to fight for stronger rent laws.

The group, Brooklyn for Real Rent Reform, says one reform it is demanding is the elimination of vacancy de-control. The group says that currently, if someone in a rent-stabilized building moves out of his or her unit, the landlord can increase the rent by 20 percent.

Brooklyn residents at the rally expressed concern, with one saying her family would be homeless if rent prices got any higher. The rent-stabilization law is set to expire on June 15 and the activist group is calling for it to be extended.

Politicians supporting the group include Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Advocates are currently assembling residents to join them at the state capital for rallies this Saturday and March 8.

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