Last year, ProPublica reported that evictions in NYC have increased over the last few years, thanks to a 1994 City Council vote that allowed landlords to deregulate rent-stabilized apartments that rented for at least $2K/month when the stabilized tenants moved out. This phenomenon, dubbed "vacancy decontrol," has drastically depleted the city's reservoir of rent-stabilized apartments; it's also, especially recently, contributed to landlords' efforts to evict rent-stabilized tenants in an effort to de-regulate their apartments. Now, a new app documents where people are getting evicted in the city, with large swaths of evictions popping up in gentrifying neighborhoods like Crown Heights and Bushwick.
Brooklyn startup JustFix.nyc mapped out the evictions filed in the city between 2013 and 2015, finding there were 450,000 evictions filed total—that averaged out to around 25,000 to 30,000 actual evictions per year:
— JustFixNYC (@JustFixNYC) September 20, 2017
Tenants in neighborhoods with high concentrations of rent-stabilized buildings were in particular danger, especially in Brooklyn:
— Rachel H. Smith (@rachelholliday) September 22, 2017
You can navigate the interactive map on JustFix.nyc's website. ProPublica also made a map last year tracking evictions and rent-stabilization in the city, and you can use it to look up your own address to see its rent-stabilization status and any recent eviction cases.