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Independence Plaza Tenants Association Memo For LAP tenants only (this does not apply to Section 8 voucher tenants)

SCRIE (Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption) and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption)

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Our elected officials, State Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assembly Member Deborah Glick cosponsored the current Bill that expands eligibility for tenants in former Mitchell-Lama rental units to apply to the city’s SCRIE and DRIE programs.

The bill passed the NYS Senate in March and passed the Assembly in late May. Our elected officials have urged the Governor to sign it quickly and understand that it is currently under review by her office. Because of the large amount of bills in front of the Governor “quickly” is relative.

You may qualify for SCRIE if you:

Tenants who believe they would be eligible for SCRIE could start to gather the necessary information and complete their applications now, so they can apply as soon as the bill is signed. We have been in touch with HPD to urge them to enroll eligible tenants as quickly as possible.

More information and application forms: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/benefits/landlords-scrie.page

Many questions remain, particularly about the timing, and Assembly Member Glick and her staff are working closely with Senator Kavanagh’s and Council Member Marte’s offices to seek answers to our open questions.

They understand there is some uncertainty for tenants who are facing upcoming or current lease renewal deadlines, and they are working with HPD to get clarity and confirmation about whether they will be able to process the SCRIE applications with a retroactive date. We do not have that answer yet. And again, the bill will need to be signed by the Governor before HPD can begin reviewing applications under the expanded eligibility.

Our electeds are pleased that expanded SCRIE/DRIE eligibility is on the horizon as it will be a benefit to many tenants citywide. In the meantime, we are aware of the time-sensitive nature of the lease renewals at IPN and are working diligently to clarify next steps.

We, the board of the Independence Plaza Tenants Association have advised tenants who are renewing their LAP leases to sign a one year lease this year, because we are hoping the SCRIE/DRIE bill will be passed soon. But that really is an individual decision up to each tenant and their family.

Board members have signed their leases regardless of the closeness of the passage of the bill. We believe our representatives will work hard to have the bill include retroactive lease renewals. In the meantime, we must sign our leases which were due before this memo was sent out.

Most tenants have contacted us for advice. We can only give our opinion; we cannot give legal advice on these matters. We will have more information once the bill is completely signed and ready to go. In the meantime, you need to pay your full rent until further notice. Even if you fill out the application and send it in, until you hear back, the full current rent is needed.

Don’t forget to sign up for our email list by sending your address information to Info@IPNTA.ORG, so you can stay informed and get up-to-date information from us.

Best regards,
Diane Lapson: President
Ed Rosner: VP Bldg 1
Diane Stein: VP Bldg 3
BJ Berti: VP Bldg 9
Manuel Cabrero: VP Townhouses
Jean Hartman: Treasurer
Ella Biondi: Secretary
Marnee May: VP at Large
June Grancio: VP at Large
John Scott: Seniors Committee Chair

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
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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