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Watch: Beyond Repair

Tenants challenge major capital improvement rent hikes.

Awen Films May 5

THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK // 4: Beyond Repair from Awen Films on Vimeo.

With State rent regulations set to expire in June, a Queens tenant speaks out against the Major Capital Improvement program and the unfair rent increases it enables. Housing rights activists citywide gather to put pressure on Democratic lawmakers in Albany to pass a package of progressive reforms and eliminate MCI abatements altogether.

THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK is a series of mini-documentaries on housing issues in New York City produced by Awen Films for The Indypendent.


Photo (top): Rent-stabilized tenant Robin Budnetz (right) with housing advocate Evan Contreras. Credit: Awen Films.