Tenants Association Supporting Challenge To Rose Associate’s Plan to Close Trunk Rooms

Responding to Rose Associate’s notification of tenants in 21 Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village buildings that they must remove their property from Trunk Rooms, the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association is supporting tenants in the affected buildings who have served a notice on Rose, claiming that the loss of the trunk rooms constitutes a reduction of services under the Rent Stabilization Law.

The tenants have notified Rose of their intent to ask for a rent reduction from the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal. The Notice, which carries the names of tenants in 14 of the buildings that have so far been notified, is signed by Timothy L. Collins of the law firm Collins, Dobkin & Miller, which is currently representing the Tenants Association in its challenges to several MCI applications. The Tenants Association is coordinating, gathering information and assisting the plaintiffs in the Trunk Room action.

The Notice asserts that unilateral termination of the pick up and storage arrangements, which have been offered for well over 60-years, violates the Rent Stabilization Law and Code. It further points out that any action which removes or destroys the items currently held would constitute the “willful destruction of a bailment and the unlawful conversion of personal property.”

Collins states that if he does not hear from Rose within ten days of the mailing date of the letter, he will assume “that you intend to proceed with the removal and destruction of my client’s personal property,” and concludes, “I have been authorized to pursue all legal means to enjoin and/or seek compensation for any such actions.”



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