FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/18/2016
Contact: Cesar Reyes email@example.com 718.476.8449
On Thursday, February 25, 2016 (4PM – 7PM), Woodside on the Move, Chhaya CDC, and Asian Americans for Equality will hold a rally and press conference to expose Zara Realty’s negligent management practices. These practices include: illegal evictions and buyouts, as well as a dangerous lack of essential tenant services in the buildings Zara Realty owns and operates.
The rally will take place at the Zara managed building at 88-25 148th Street in Jamaica, Queens. Tenants, who have been denied fair treatment by Zara’s management, will offer testimonials and demand justice and fair treatment for their families and neighbors. We welcome the media to do walkthroughs to document the deplorable conditions within the tenants’ apartments.
Acting in conjunction with Stabilizing NYC Coalition, Woodside on the Move, Chhaya CDC, and Asian Americans for Equality, are organizing tenants against oppressive tactics that threaten to end rent regulation and make it difficult for low-income New Yorkers to find safe and affordable housing.
Organizers and tenants will present opening statements followed by a question and answer session with press.
“The community has had enough. These tactics promote gentrification and homelessness within New York’s most vulnerable communities and are part of a trend at a citywide level to do away with affordable housing,” ~ Cesar Reyes Woodside on the Move Inc.
“Predatory equity is a significant threat to our already depleting affordable housing stock. These management companies are actively trying to evict tenants by refusing to make repairs and using intimidation tactics to prevent them from coming together and exercising their rights…. We demand that these companies stop these predatory practices immediately and treat the tenants with dignity and respect they deserve,” ~Jagpreet Khakh Chhaya CDC
“These are large predatory equity corporations with the sole intention of removing a building’s rent regulated status in order to make higher profits by charging rents at market rate. We strive to protect these communities by informing them of their housing rights and by uniting them in an organized front against their predatory equity landlords.” ~ Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)