Harpreet Toor

Harpreet Toor


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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)

During Pandemic mediating between tenant and landlord and negotiating new terms

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

Unregulated Rental Apt

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? No

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

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?  Yes

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)

My real estate work was limited to real estate sales, where tI represented he needs of both tenants and landlords.

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)

The Pandemic has changed everything.  Massive unemployment has transformed many who were housing secure into homeless, and made life worse for those who were already vulnerable.  Eliminating homelessness and creating affordable housing need to headline the Council agenda.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  The Pandemic has changed everything.  Massive unemployment has transformed many who were housing secure into homeless, and made life worse for those who were already vulnerable.  Eliminating homelessness and creating affordable housing need to headline the Council agenda.

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


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?

Make certain existing funding sources are properly delivered.  Develop new funding streams.    Restructure and streamline existing NYCHA maintenance programs.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? Depends

15. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers? No

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?      No

18. Would you end the custom of deferring to local council members on land use decisions? No

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

Creation of affordable housing.  Eliminate displacement.  Increase and strengthen role of community input. Respect environmental concerns.

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

Restructure approval process to put some muscle into community’s role.

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  30%

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

Council District 23 is a diverse mix of single and multi-family homes.  For the many single family home owners taxation, particularly water and sewage,  and appraisals are among the greatest issues.

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)

Make certain the laws are enforced.

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? No

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? Yes

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

This requires more than just a “yes” or “no” answer due to the District’s housing diversity.

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

32a. If no, why not? There are some tenants who are a danger to both other building residents and to the landlord who might require eviction for building safety.

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)?  No

35. Do you believe that the Rent Guidelines Board should lower rents for rent stabilized tenants? No

35a. If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so?  (500 characters)

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? No