Ignoring Mayor de Blasio’s recommendation, the Rent Guidelines Board declined to enact a rent freeze Monday night and voted instead for modest hikes.
The nine-member board voted 5-4 to allow landlords of the city’s nearly 1 million stabilized units to increase rents by 1% for one-year leases and 2.75% on two-year leases.
The hikes, which apply to leases that begin Oct. 1 or later, are the lowest enacted in the board’s history, but the refusal to pass the first freeze ever infuriated hundreds of tenants who packed the Cooper Union meeting.
Angry tenants stormed up to the stage after the vote, chanting and yelling.
The board members scurried off to the sound of boos and hisses, and one man carrying a pro-tenant sign who climbed onstage was hauled off by cops.
We feel like the rug was snatched from beneath us.
“We feel like the rug was snatched from beneath us,” said disappointed Brooklyn resident Donna Mossman, 56.
De Blasio had called for a rent freeze just hours before the vote.