Real estate owners in the Rent Stabilization
Board Association are out with a series of new radio ads aimed at blocking state lawmakers from strengthening rent stabilization laws.
The key is to cast the proposed legislation as only benefiting “wealthy Manhattan renters” at the expense of small, outer borough building owners.
It’s attempting to rewrite the popular and well-documented narrative that cast landlords as rich and greedy, and their tenants as humble and scraping by.
The RSA’s efforts were bolstered by an editor at the Atlantic, who wrote “most of the people I know who had rent controlled apartments were, in fact, extremely affluent.”
One woman featured in the new ads is Constance Nugent-Miller, who says:
I provide six units of affordable renting housing in Crown Heights.
Vacancy and luxury decontrol? Not an issue in my neighborhood! There’s no six-figure incomes in my building. My tenants are doubling and tripling, living with strangers, not as families like wealthy Manhattan renters can afford to do.
Who is Albany really protecting? Nobody in Brooklyn. Just wealthy Manhattan renters.
Scripts from three other ads after the jump. Read More