A coalition of activist groups, including the Democratic Socialists of America and For the Many, pushed for both the new rent stabilization law and the 30 percent rent reduction. The groups also helped organize the tenants union at Stony Run. On Friday, Aaron Narraph Fernando, For the Many’s communications director, said the coalition’s next task is educating tenants about their new rights and how to seek a rent adjustment through DHCR. Fernando said that he expects the coalition to work closely with the city, based on Mayor Steve Noble’s strong support for rent stabilization and prior work with housing advocates.
“It takes a lot of outreach,” said Fernando. “Luckily, we have the support of the mayor and I think we’ll be working closely with him as we have in the past.”