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Current News - Pandemic Related Info

New York Passes Bill Extending Eviction Moratorium to January

[Download PDF article] Sept 1, 2021

June 8, 2021   [Download PDF]

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE WITH RENT PAYMENT RE: COVID

The ERAP Program was created to assist residents whose salaries have been impacted by the Covid Pandemic. That includes any household member; does not have to be all household members.

According to Stellar Management, who has discussed this program with the Tenant Association, these are the 3 major items to note in order to qualify:

  1. Income is subject to a cap depending on number of household members.
  2. Someone in the household is receiving unemployment benefits and/or has had a financial hardship due to covid – 19 and
  3. Has had rent due since March 13, 2020

The application does have to be completed online. If a tenant meets the 3 criteria but does not have a computer or is not tech savvy and needs assistance, please enlist a neighbor, or reach out to your IPNTA Building VP, or directly to Management, who will try to assist.

Tenants must have or create an email address. If you DO NOT have a computer and/or a way to get email, you need to ask someone to assist you with this. Your trusted family member or friend can create a free email account for you or as part of his/her email account, just so you can send information back and forth.

This from Stellar Management:

Also, both the tenant and the landlord have to complete the application albeit different sections of the app. They will not consider an application unless both sections are completed.

When a tenant completes their portion they have to notify us; we will need their application number and date of birth in order to upload our part of the application. Note - this information takes us to the 'Check status' field. We do not see the completed tenant's portion.

(IPNTA: Management stated that your personal information is not available to them, but they do need your application number and date of birth as identification to state how much rent you need assistance with.)

Here a link that will take you to a youtube video to take you step by step on how to fill out the application.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh19INyhmjg - link to you tube tutorial

Understanding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Requirements and Applying for Funding - YouTube

If you have any questions, please reach out to one of your IPNTA board members listed below by leaving a note in the tenant box in lobbies of 3 buildings with your name and phone number.
If you would like to keep it more confidential, contact management directly with questions.

We can assist you to the best of our ability under these circumstances.

Sincerely,
Diane Lapson representing the board
IPNTA
Board Members:                                                 
80 N. Moore Street – Edmund Rosner, VP    Marnee May – VP at large   Ella Biondi - Secretary
40 Harrison – Diane Stein, VP    Jean Hartman – Treasurer
310 Greenwich – BJ Berti, VP    June Grancio – VP at large  Senior Committee – John Scott
Town Houses – Manuel Cabrero

Attention Voucher Tenants

Regarding 2021 recertification, due to the Covid situation, HPD is not doing in-person meetings and that includes drop-offs at 100 Gold Street! We recommend not postponing doing this and responding as soon as possible.

HPD strongly suggests that tenants mail re-certification packages to the following address:
PO BOX 3132
UNION,NEW JERSEY 07083

If tenants do not feel safe mailing the package They have the option to submit it via fax or email at:

DTRPProdUnit@hpd.nyc.gov
OR
FAX to 212-863-6286

These are HPD's suggestions.

The IPNTA feels mailing would be best if you feel email or fax is an insecure method of sharing such personal information. Make sure you keep copies of important papers in case they later say they have lost or never received something.

Additionally, any tenant who cannot physically mail their recertification, and cannot get a neighbor to assist in this matter, please contact Marnee May via email: Marneemay@aol.com; or write to Info@IPNTA.Org to ask for assistance.

Or, leave a message for Marnee in one of the tenant boxes in the lobbies of the building, with your message, name, address and phone number.

Best regards, IPNTA Executive Board


Masks, distance on elevators, etc.

Stellar Management has worked with us when we have presented your comments regarding people without masks, distance not being observed, etc.

As you know, they have now installed BIG SIGNS stating people should wear masks when in public areas, and keep distance in elevators. We must give this time to set in before judging its effect.

There are tenants who don’t seem to be paying attention to these suggestions, and they are causing other tenants a lot of aggravation. People are worried for their safety for good reasons. We have been relatively fortunate at IPN so far. But we have lost some tenants and others have had Covid19.

We do not have statistics on the whole complex. Fighting with tenants is not the answer to anything. Instead of fighting with other tenants who are not complying, perhaps you can talk to your long time doormen or doorwomen and tell them which tenants are not complying.

Yes - the IPNTA is siding with the tenants who are following the directives from our Governor and Mayor regarding masks and distancing. So far, their directives have been incredibly effective. Thousands of lives have been saved because of it.

The mission of the IPNTA has been to represent tenants regarding tenant-management issues.

We have also gotten involved in issues that are directly affecting all residents; not political issues; but issues of safety and health. During 9/11 we were greatly involved.

Now, though it’s all behind apartment doors because of quarantine, we have been very involved in getting assistance from outside.

Management has been very helpful with so many parts of this Covid 19 crisis and we are grateful for all the help afforded our residents.

Please write to Info@IPNTA.Org if you have specific questions. If we don’t hear from you, we have no idea what you are thinking. We will try out best to help within the confines of this pandemic situation. A lot can be accomplished on the phone, on email, etc. A lot already has been accomplished. Let’s remember we ARE all in this together.

-Diane Lapson
President IPNTA
On behalf of the Executive Board

 


Rent Regulation, Downsizing

Previously posted information about J-51 and Rent Regulation is now on the J-51 page and Archive.
IPNTA Statement about our J-51 Lawsuit is on the J-51 page. Also see In The Press.

Other Information

Fire Safety Prevention

 


Other relevant reading...

Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition has good articles about affordable housing in general and former Mitchell-Lama complexes, including IPN.


Links to Court Case:


"Best Doorman in New York"
Onnie Rose, 310 Greenwich's well-loved doorman, was featured in Daily News Best Doorman in New York article. Congratulations, Onnie!
NY Daily News, November 27, 2011

Previous Stories -- see IPNTA Newsletters or Archive

Documents for Download
Join IPNTA Membership Form (New or Renewal)
IPN Settlement Agreement IPN Settlement Agreement (March 2004)
HPD RA FORM HPD Reasonable Accommodation Form for Voucher Tenants - Oct 2013
Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition Opposition to new anti-Roberts Bill
Oct 2010- Instructions for Filing Overcharge
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
IPNTA_Instructions_Legalfund.pdf
Retainer/Solidarity Forms
DHCR Overcharge Form http://www.nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
J51 Decision, Aug 2010 Decision_30_Aug_2010.pdf
General Meeting May 2010 Presentaton/Discussion: Why IPN Should Have Been Rent Stabilized Beginning on June 29, 2004
J51 Law Suit Judge Friedman's decision in the J-51 case, released Friday, April 3, 2009 (also see Archive)
September 28, 2007: On September 27, Judge Friedman issued two interim decisions about the J-51 case. Both are posted here as pdfs:
 J51 Summary Judgment Decision and IPNTA decision re Amend Complaint   [Full story in Archive...]
2010 Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR Oct 2010 - Information and Forms to be posted shortly
DHCR Web site: http://nysdhcr.gov/Forms/Rent/ra89.pdf
2008 - Filing Rent Overcharge with DHCR - Group Filing Mar 2008 - Information about the first filing is in our Archive for reference.
The complaint forms have been filed by our attorney with DHCR, accompanied by this cover letter  (Full story -- see Archive or March 2008 Newsletter)
IPNTA Bylaws IPNTA Bylaws (Amended Nov 2009)

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News and information for IPN's Senior Residents

"Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City" from Manhattan Borough President Stringer is posted on the Seniors Page.

[Lunch Info]
New Caterer - Great Food!Senior Lunch Flyer

Maintenance Issues
As always, first call maintenance: 800-313-0611.

If not being addressed by management, contact us by note in lobby tenant box, or email info@ipnta.org. Print clearly and give name, phone, AND email! Thanks

You can also print out the IPN Tenant Complaint Form. Drop the complaint form in the Lobby Box.
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Be an Active Member of Your Tenant Association
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IPNTA's Guide to Community Healing
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