Brooklyn tenants demand rent stabilization

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Tenants throughout the borough came together Monday to demand that the New York City Rent Guidelines Board address the city's affordable housing crisis.

They marched through Monday's storms to a public hearing concerning the board's latest proposal for rent-stabilized apartments, lofts and hotels.

According to the Rent Justice Coalition, 43 percent of people in shelters come from rent-stabilized apartments.

One by one, tenants shared their personal stories with their landlords, explaining how higher rents would affect their lives.

While landlords historically push for increases to cover the rising costs of repairs and utilities, tenants say they cannot handle the prices. That's why some are asking the board to revise preferential rent leases.

The tenants say they hope the Rent Guidelines Board takes their stories into consideration when voting on the June 27.

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