HALF THE BUILDING STRIKES FOR SAFE AND STABLE HOMES

The Opera House Tenants Union formed in December 2019 as a group of concerned residents who came together—as artists, performers, writers, educators, activists, nurses, musicians, filmmakers, actors, designers, advocates, and most importantly, neighbors—to unite against tenant harassment and evictions and to ensure our building is a safe and stable ground from which our community can thrive and grow. 

We represent over 32 homes in our 66-unit building and like countless neighbors, accomplices, and allies, we have been fighting against negligent landlords to improve our living conditions and strive for housing justice in our community. 

We are deeply concerned that our building has a number of building code and fire violations and, most pertinently, lacks a valid certificate of occupancy.  

"OUR HOMES ARE NOT SAFE AND THE LANDLORD IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF US."

PIYA 

By inflating rental prices for unmaintained serial short-term housing stock while using tactics such as nonrenewal of lease & holdover evictions to drive vulnerable and low-income tenants from their homes. 

Over the six months, we have come together to solidify our collective goals as neighbors and friends.

We make decisions collectively and our interests serve the intentions of the community. We are seeking Loft Law protection to make our homes safer and more sustainable, and we hope that in doing so we can continue to contribute to our community and our neighborhood long-term. While our pursuit for Loft Law coverage began last year, the pandemic has exposed the extreme vulnerabilities faced by tenants citywide. We are allies of all tenants unions organizing to protect their communities, we also stand in solidarity with all who struggle for safe and secure housing and for respect, equality, and justice.