Ridgewood Tenants Union to host event this weekend to educate renters about their rights

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Tenants throughout Ridgewood will have their chance to learn about their rights as renters through an event that one local organization will hold this coming weekend.

The Ridgewood Tenants Union will host a “Know Your Rights Presentation & Tenant Speak Out” event to educate tenants about their rights learn of efforts in the neighborhood to increase tenant power and fight back against displacement.

The gathering will be held at the 71st Avenue Plaza, located at the corner of 71st Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Law students from CUNY School of Law’s Community & Economic Development (CED) Clinic will offer a presentation on the rights tenants have when dealing with their landlords. The students will also answer questions; to submit a question, email ridgewoodtenantsunion@gmail.com.

“New York City is a city of renters. Renters need protections from predatory landlords who just like the real estate developers, now understand the full value of their investments,” said the Ridgewood Tenants Union in a statement. “This is understandable considering the economic system we live under but what should not be tolerated are landlords who engage in harmful tactics towards tenants to force them out of their homes. Instead of eat or be eaten, let’s support one another and let’s stop suffering alone.”

The Ridgewood Tenants Union will hold additional information sessions regarding rent laws protecting over 1 million rent-stabilized apartments, which are set to expire on June 15, 2019. The sessions will take place on Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at the Ridgewood Library, located at 20-12 Madison Ave., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Ridgewood Tenants Union at 929-251-5044 or email ridgewoodtenantsunion@gmail.com.

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