Crown Heights Tenant Union

for #TenantEmpowerment

285 Schenectady Ave

Crown Heights Tenant Member Building

Current CHTU Member Building

285 Schenectady Ave

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 during 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, and is marketing the building for $500,000 per unit.

Building Stats:

  • Units: 35
  • Open HPD Violations: 65
  • Class C “immediately hazardous” Violations: 10
  • Housing Court Petitions: 8

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

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"I've been living in this neighborhood for 26 years. I grew up here. In 1989, you couldn't walk down Union in the middle of the day. I find it very unfair for Renaissance Realty to come here and say, 'Oh your rent's jumped from $992 to $2,100.'"

Natasha Creese


CHTU General Membership Meeting: Virtual Meeting

Join us every Thursday at 6PM EST to discuss the eviction moratorium, how to fight for the 90-Day Rent Freeze, and organizing your building during and after the crisis.

Dial by your location: 646-558-8656 (p) and enter the Meeting ID: 550 615 846

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