After prolonged efforts by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation (GWDC), Woodhaven has been named one of only seven Queens neighborhoods in which homeowners can choose to prevent solicitations from real estate agents.
New York’s Secretary of State renewed Woodhaven’s status as a “cease-and-desist zone,” meaning that area homeowners can be placed on a list to ensure that they receive no real estate solicitations — including phone calls, mailings, and door-to-door visits — to sell their properties. To be placed on the list, the required form can be submitted electronically at https://www.dos.state.ny.us/lcns/cdform.asp.
“This represents a real victory for the people of Woodhaven,” said WRBA Director Maria Thomson. “Cease-and-desist zones protect property owners from intense real estate solicitations. With Woodhaven now covered, we are a step closer to ensuring that avaricious real estate agents do not target Woodhaven and spoil its character.”
Through the work of the WRBA and the GWDC, Woodhaven had previously been designated a cease-and-desist zone. The designation expired after five years, however, thus requiring renewal by the Secretary of State for another five-year period.
The WRBA urges all homeowners to fill out the very simple form, so that they can enjoy the benefits of Woodhaven’s cease-and-desist coverage. Woodhaven residents who would like a paper copy of the form mailed to them should call the WRBA office at 718-296-3735.