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Open Letter to Residents from Leading New York Rental Building Owners and Managers; Institute Voluntary 90-Day Moratorium on Evictions in Response to Coronavirus
March 13, 2020
Owners representing more than 155,000 rental units in the City, and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association, pledged in an open letter to be published in several newspapers not to execute any warrant of eviction for the next 90 days in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Below please find the text of the open letter to residents from William C. Rudin, REBNY Chairman, James Whelan, REBNY President, and leading New York Rental Building Owners and Managers:
“In crises, New Yorkers pull together. Now is a time for everyone to do their share.
No one knows how bad the impact of the COVID-19 virus will be. That’s why New Yorkers are taking extraordinary steps to slow the spread of the virus and protect our most vulnerable people.
We want to do our share too. As owners and managers of more than 155,000 rental apartments in the City, we will help our residents weather this crisis safely in their homes.
Starting immediately, we are voluntarily pledging that we will not execute any warrant of eviction for the next ninety days unless it is for criminal or negligent behavior that jeopardizes the life, health or safety of other residents. With all the stress, health risk and economic suffering going on now, no one should have to worry about losing their place to live during this crisis.
With New York at risk, we must come together and protect our residents. We can’t shake hands or hug each other right now. But we must all turn toward each other and help each other. Together, we will survive this crisis — and so will this wonderful City we all love.”
A&E Real Estate, Douglas F. Eisenberg
Blackstone, Ken Caplan and Kathleen McCarthy
The Brodsky Organization, The Brodsky Family
Brookfield Property Group, Ric Clark
The Douglaston Companies, Jeff Levine
The Durst Organization, The Durst Family
Extell Development Company
Fetner Properties, Hal Fetner and Damon Pazzaglini
Fisher Brothers, Winston Fisher
Glenwood, The Litwin Family
Gotham Organization, Inc., David L. Picket and Joel I. Picket
Jack Resnick & Sons, Jonathan Resnick
Lalezarian Properties, Kevin Lalezarian
LeFrak, Richard S. LeFrak
Manhattan Skyline Company and Donald Zucker Company, Donald Zucker and Laurie Zucker
The Moinian Group, Joseph Moinian
Muss Development, Jason Muss
Ogden CAP Properties
The Olnick Organization, Inc., Seth Schochet
Related Companies, Jeff T. Blau
Rose Associates, Inc., Amy Rose
Rudin Management Company, Bill Rudin and Eric Rudin
RXR Realty, Scott Rechler
Silverstein Properties, Larry Silverstein and Marty Burger
Taconic Partners, Paul Pariser and Charles Bendit
Tishman Speyer, Rob Speyer
Two Trees, Jed Walentas
Vornado Realty Trust, David R. Greenbaum
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ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE BOARD OF NEW YORK
The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City’s leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1896, REBNY represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. REBNY conducts research on various civic matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes, and other city, state, and federal legislation. REBNY regularly publishes market data, policy reports, and broker surveys. In addition, REBNY provides for its members: informational, technical, and technological resources; networking and charitable service opportunities; qualifying and continuing education courses; professional education programs, seminars, and designations; career-changing awards; legal advice; and a wide range of additional member benefits. For more information, please visit www.REBNY.com.