Ridgewood Tenants Union host march for Universal Rent Control

Photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Tenants Union

Over the weekend, tenants, housing advocates and elected officials hosted a march in support of universal rent control.

The event highlighted the actions of Silvershores Properties, which was named by former Public Advocate Letitia James as the “number one worst landlord in NYC” back in 2017.

Tenants say stronger rent control measures are needed to protect residents from bad landlords.

“To leave an entire building without any heat oftentimes hot water during some of the coldest days of winter is not something a good person does,” said Gloria Nieves, tenant leader of 1708 Summerfield Tenant Association.

“They have made our lives impossible and that is why we need landlords like them and all the other landlords in our neighborhood to understand that they cannot take advantage of us in this way.”

Local elected officials – including State Senators Michael Gianaris and Julia Salazar, and Assembly members Brian Barnwell and Mike Miller – attended the march and expressed their support for the cause.