091708rentsham.jpgThe Legal Aid Society and Legal Services of New York have filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court to overturn a controversial vote in June by the Rent Guidelines Board to add a supplemental rent hike for tenants who have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for over six years and who pay $1,000 or less a month in rent. The lawsuit argues that requiring tenants to pay an extra $45 or $85 is a higher increase than what's allowed under this year’s RGB guidelines. A press release from Legal Services describes the hike as “a poor tax” against low-income tenants; at a press conference yesterday City Council Speaker Christine Quinn declared that "this unprecedented increase on longtime, low-income residents could very well drive some residents out of their homes. This rent hike proves once and for all that the RGB is completely out of touch and needs to be reformed.”