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Crown Heights Tenant Union

for #TenantEmpowerment

1646 Union St

Crown Heights’ Tenant Building Member

Current CHTU Member Building

1646 Union St

Landlord(s): Renaissance Realty Group LLC

Landlord/Management Office: 1946 Coney Island Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11223

CHTU Members Since: October 2014

Tenants in this rent-stabilized building – many of whom moved in in the ’70s with government rental assistance – are fighting sudden rent increases of up to 120% due to the landlord revoking a long-standing rent restriction on the building called “Preferential Rent.” City officials have tried to negotiate a deal that would restore the building’s affordability, but Renaissance has refused to cooperate, requesting $500,000 per unit to sell to a non-profit owner.

Building Stats:

  • Units: 27
  • Open HPD Violations: 77
  • Class C “immediately hazardous” Violations: 5

Listed as “Meeting Watchlist Criteria” on NYC Public Advocate’s “Worst Landlord Watchlist”

"Most of us have 1- or 2-year leases and if you didn't sign your lease before they took over, the new management sent us new leases for double or triple our rent in most cases."

Walter Simpson, Tenant for 25 years

are you ready?

Next General Member Meeting

Tenants all over Crown Heights are struggling to stay in their homes, while landlords make record profits! Come to our next General Membership Meeting and join the fight to protect our neighborhood!

October 22, 2019


CAMBA - 1117 Eastern Parkway [at Utica Ave.] 3rd Floor

Enter on Utica Ave. (btwn Eastern Parkway and Lincoln Pl.)

Snacks & Child Care Provided by CHTU Members

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