Join in our fight for fairness for those living in ground lease co-ops.

We are seeking to remedy fundamental flaws in the residential ground lease system.

Who We Are

Who We Are

The Ground Lease Coop Coalition (GLCC) is a non-partisan coalition of co-op owners from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds advocating to save their homes.

Amid the statewide housing crisis in New York, this coalition supports housing fairness, stability, and affordability for the more than 25,000 New Yorkers who live in ground lease co-ops.

About Our Cause

Our coalition is working with key stakeholders to advocate for legislation, already introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly (S.7825/A.5031-A), that will protect residents of ground lease co-ops.

More than 25,000 New Yorkers own their apartments, but not the land that it sits upon. Instead, these co-op shareholders lease the land from a third-party landowner. In some cases, due to terms negotiated decades ago, there are no protections from unfair rent increases, such as those widely available to traditional renters and mobile homeowners.

Working together to protect middle-class homeowners from predatory practices of the third-party landowners.

Enforce an annual cap on rent increase equal to the greater of 3% or annual increase in CPI

This is very similar and consistent with the protections afforded to tenants in manufactured home parks.

Establish the right to borrow for repairs, maintenance, and capital improvements

Many leases prohibit co-ops from borrowing.

Right to Renew

A clause additionally afforded to those living in manufactured homes. Currently, a landowner can simply refuse to renew the lease and effectively evict long-term residents.

Right of First Refusal

Co-op residents have a natural economic connection to the land after having occupied it, used it, and invested in it on a long-term basis. The co-op owner should be able to purchase the land under the same terms that the landowner may have agreed to with another potential buyer.

Legislative Sponsors of the Ground Lease Co-op Bill (S7825/A5031-A)

Assemblymember

  • Hon. Linda Rosenthal, AD 67
  • Hon. Tony Simone, AD 75
  • Hon. Alex Bores, AD 73
  • Hon. Jeffrey Dinowitz, AD 81
  • Hon. Jo Anne Simon, AD 52
  • Hon. Deborah Glick, AD 66
  • Hon. MaryJane Shimsky, AD 92
  • Hon. Rebecca Seawright, AD 76
  • Hon. Sam Berger, AD 27
  • Hon. Edward Braunstein, AD 26
  • Hon. Harvey Epstein, AD 74
  • Hon. Helene Weinstein, AD 41
  • Hon. Chris Burdick, AD 93
  • Hon. Nily Rozic, AD 25
  • Hon. Juan Ardila, AD 37
  • Hon. Ron Kim, AD 40
  • Hon. Maritza Davila, AD 53
  • Hon. David Weprin, AD 24
  • Hon. Chantel Jackson, AD 79
  • Hon. Yudelka Tapia, AD 86
  • Hon. Fred Thiele, AD 1
  • Hon. Khaleel Anderson, AD 31
  • Hon. Catalina Cruz, AD 39
  • Hon. Amy Paulin, AD 88
  • Hon. Emily Gallagher, AD 50
  • Hon. Landon Dais, AD 77
  • Hon. Monique Chandler-Waterman, AD 58
  • Hon. Zohran Mamdani, AD 36
  • Hon. Jonathan Rivera, AD 149
  • Hon. Al Taylor, 71
  • Hon. Karines Reyes, AD 87
  • Hon. Steve Raga, AD 30
  • Hon. Marcela Mitaynes, AD 51
  • Hon. Alec Brook-Krasny, AD 46

Senator

  • Hon. Liz Krueger, SD 28
  • Hon. Cordell Cleare, SD 30
  • Hon. Toby Ann Stavisky, SD 11
  • Hon. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, SD 47
  • Hon. Jessica Scarcella-Spanton, SD 23
  • Hon. Robert Jackson, SD 31
  • Hon. Jessica Ramos, SD 13
  • Hon. Andrew Gounardes, SD 26
  • Hon. John Liu, SD 16
  • Hon. Luis Sepúlveda, SD 32
  • Hon. Gustavo Rivera, SD 33
  • Hon. Shelley Mayer, SD 37
  • Hon. Kristen Gonzalez, SD 59

More than 25,000 New Yorkers Thank You for Your Support

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Working together we have sent more than 4,000 letters to key legislators.

Join

As New York State leadership continues to call for predictability and stability for those struggling to remain in their homes for circumstances outside of their control, we ask that you join in our fight for fairness for those living in ground lease co-ops.

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