(thesis advisor)Louisa Campbell
(thesis advisor)Nicholas Fortugno
(thesis advisor)Chris Prentice
(thesis advisor)Chris Henrick
(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 11 2015
Designer's statement: Am I Rent Stabilized? is a web application designed to engage New York City tenants in affordable housing advocacy by encouraging them to find out if their landlord is potentially lying to them about their apartment is rent stabilized. It provides advice on how they may take action, including filing a complaint with the state government for reimbursement in back rent. The application was developed as a response to the problem of NYC landlords illegally removing rent-stabilized apartments from cityâ€™s existing affordable housing stock. Typically this is accomplished by lying to new tenants about their legally regulated rents or harassing longterm tenants paying cheaper rents. Both tactics enable a landlord to expedite the conversion of rent-stabilized apartments to market rate. The app uses data that was acquired through a Freedom of Information Law request and then analyzed using the NYC tax lot dataset, MapPLUTO to determine what properties in NYC are likely to have rent stabilized apartments. Am I Rent Stabilized? is an attempt at demonstrating how open government data can be used to create an actionable framework for promoting civic engagement.
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