Mayor de Blasio wants city landlords to do as he says, not as he does.
The mayor — who moonlights as a landlord on two properties in Park Slope — has raised rents even as he’s urged the Rent Guidelines Board to freeze prices for rent-stabilized apartments, Politico reported Monday.
De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray rent three units in Park Slope — one is the home where he and his family lived until they moved into Gracie Mansion; the other is a two-unit building on the same street. None are rent stabilized, so de Blasio can charge whatever he wants for them.
One of the units in the two-family home saw its rent increase to $ 2,850 in 2016 from $ 2,400 in 2009, over the course of incremental annual hikes, Politico reported. The mayor’s former primary residence is rented for $ 4,500. A City Hall source confirmed the rent figures to the News.
The two properties are valued at $ 1.97 million for the house de Blasio formerly lived in, and just under $ 1.7 million for the two-family, according to city tax assessments.
In March, asked about his rent prices at an unrelated press conference, de Blasio confirmed another unit in the two-family building was renting for $ 1,825 after a $ 25 rent hike. The apartment had been listed online.
De Blasio, when asked about it last month, said he and his wife usually didn’t raise the rents.
“We’re not covered by the rent stabilization law, as you know, but our attitude has been if there isn’t a specific reason to raise the rent, we don’t raise it,” de Blasio said. “And if there was a specific repair that we have to make, then we do.”
He called it a “personal rent freeze.” But he said he didn’t know the rent for the properties off-hand, and wouldn’t commit to his staff making those figures public.
“The press office can talk to Chirlane McCray and see how she feels about answering that,” de Blasio said.
The Rent Guidelines Board, appointed by de Blasio, has voted two years in a row to freeze rents on one-year leases of rent-stabilized apartments in the city, to the ire of landlord groups.