Badrun Khan

Badrun Khan

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Do you believe housing is a human right? Yes

What type of action have you taken in the past around issues of housing justice? (500 characters)

3. What type of housing do you currently live in?              

Unregulated Rental Apt

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? Yes

4a. If yes, where & how many apts. did you own? 3

5. Does your campaign accept contributions from real estate developers (including related individuals), corporate lobbyists, organizations that participate in the carceral system, and/or landlords? No

6. Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  No

7. Have any of your campaign or advisory staff held a position as a corporate lobbyist or an executive role with the Real Estate industry? No

6. & 7. If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?  (250 characters)

8. What do you think are the most pressing Housing issues & what action would you take to address them as a City Council Member?  (1000 characters)

Our district has always had a large number of illegal basement and other carve out secondary apartments. The proposals that are being floated to legalize these auxiliary apartments while ensuring basic safety standards and tenant protections could potentially add thousands of additional rental units to our district. Adding additional housing stock to our supply within the district will help relieve the upward pressure on rents.

Also, I have always been a proponent of Universal Rent Control, however, the power to control our city’s housing laws has been stolen by Albany, and would require their help to repeal the Urstadt Law. Until that time, I feel that the City Council needs to strengthen tenant protections wherever possible.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Our district has always had a large number of illegal basement and other carve out secondary apartments. The proposals that are being floated to legalize these auxiliary apartments while ensuring basic safety standards and tenant protections could potentially add thousands of additional rental units to our district. Adding additional housing stock to our supply within the district will help relieve the upward pressure on rents.

Also, I have always been a proponent of Universal Rent Control, however, the power to control our city’s housing laws has been stolen by Albany, and would require their help to repeal the Urstadt Law. Until that time, I feel that the City Council needs to strengthen tenant protections wherever possible.

9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)

Maybe

10. Do you support the move to legalize basement apts?  Yes

11. Do you support the concept of rent regulation and eviction protections? Yes

12. Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing? Yes

13. NYCHA has suffered from chronic underfunding, neglect and disrepair. What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?

NYCHA needs a dedicated revenue source to ensure that the city, state, and federal government funding sources don’t appear and disappear (or get reallocated) as budgets are crafted. I’m not sure if this should happen as a wealth tax, a dedicated property tax, or some other means, but it should absolutely not come from private developers being given control of NYCHA properties.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? No

15. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers? Yes

16. Would you require that any housing built on public land be 100% permanently affordable to low- and extremely-low income New Yorkers? Yes

17. Would you aggressively use City programs and eminent domain to take ownership of distressed properties and transfer them to community control such as Community Land Trusts?      Yes

18. Would you end the custom of deferring to local council members on land use decisions? Yes

19. What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)

It’s very hard to give a general rule, to what by definition will always be a very circumstance-specific decision. Generally speaking, I would want to see the support of the local community boards that would be affected, and to see reports and projects that show the rezoning would create a more equatable situation for residents or businesses than is the current case.

20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development?  (500 characters)

I do not believe that council members should wield an absolute veto on all issues in their district, but do believe they should be listened to as the most knowledgeable member about the issues facing their district. I also believe that the findings and recommendation of the local community board should hold more weight than they are currently given.

21. Would you pass and enforce a true racial impact study as part of any rezoning?  Yes

Percentage of people who are below 200% of the poverty line 30% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  3%

23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it?  (500 characters)

24. Would you support increased funding and oversight of NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Mayor’s Tenant Protection Unit to educate tenants on their rights to organize in NYC rental buildings? YesYes

25. Will you support the City seeking injunctions against the landlords on the Right to Counsel’s “worst evictors list,” barring worst evictors from bringing eviction cases while under investigation, and implementing good cause evictions protections? Yes

26. Do you support expanding funding and oversight of the City’s emergency repair program to correct hazardous violations and send the owner the bill? Yes

27. How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  (500 characters)

The two most potent tools against bad landlords are eminent domain proceedings brought by the city, and providing legal representation to tenants even before they get to housing court.

28. Do you support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA—Int 0737-2018) and Commercial Rent Stabilization bill (Int 1796-2019) currently in committee in the City Council?Yes

29. Do you support converting hotel rooms into permanently affordable apts? Yes

30. Would you end the practice of police responding to people who are homeless?  Yes

31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? No

31a. Why or why not?  (500 characters)

Everyone has a right to having a roof above their head. Every area of the city should have facilities to house the homeless, and mine is no exception.

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No

32a. If no, why not? At some point, there needs to be the ability for a landlord to remove tenants that are repeatedly and extraordinarily disruptive to the quiet enjoyment of other residents, and there needs to be allowances for landlords to end unsafe situations.

33. Are you committed to making sure every tenant has free access to counsel in Housing Court? Yes

34. Would you support an eviction moratorium every winter (Heat Season Oct. 1-May 31)?  Yes

35. Do you believe that the Rent Guidelines Board should lower rents for rent stabilized tenants? Yes

35a. If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so?  (500 characters)
There’s not much that a city council member can do to influence the board, but organizing testimony to the RGB and advocating for a reform of the states housing laws would be things that you will see from my office.

36. Have you ever testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing of the RGB? No

37. Do you support restricting the ability of landlords to discriminate and surveil tenants through the use of technologies such as key fobs, smartphone apps, and facial recognition to gain entry into their apartment units and/or buildings? No

38. Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? Yes