New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has unveiled a rent strike plan to keep tenants and businesses from losing rent.
The move comes just two weeks after the city’s Office of Tenants announced it had reduced the citywide rent to a $1.25 per month minimum to try and prevent further evictions.
“This is a strike, it is a rent freeze,” de Blasio said Tuesday in a press conference.
“We have a lot of folks that are stuck, they’re having to work two jobs, they can’t afford to pay rent, they have nowhere else to go.
We want them to be able to stay and make rent.”
The mayor’s plan will also prevent the city from raising rents on properties that are already under rent control, meaning that owners will be able keep their properties open.
The city will also freeze the rent increase for new tenants until October 2019.
The mayor said that rent freeze will also make sure landlords are paying for their own security.
“We will not raise rent,” he said.
“There will be no rent hike, no new rent for landlords, no increases.”
The move follows a similar plan implemented in the wake of the mass protests that followed the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in New York.
The City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the rent for all New York renters by $500 a month, from $1,150 to $1 in October, but it will remain $1 a month until the end of 2019.
It will also allow the city to raise rent by up to an additional $10 per month if there is no new revenue in the budget for the coming fiscal year.
The New York Rent Board is expected to release its final rent report in the coming weeks.