NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tenants and their supporters voiced their displeasure when the Rent Guidelines Board voted preliminarily for an increase of 0 to 2 percent for one-year rent-stabilized leases, or .5 to 3.5 percent for two-year leases.

“Why aren’t tenants being protected rather than landlords?” Sheila Zukowski asked.

Zukowski was part of a rally calling for a rent rollback.

Many say landlords are profiting while people are being priced out of their homes.

Jack Freund from the Rent Stabilization Association, representing thousands of owners, said their costs are going up every year and the board’s increases don’t cover them.

Tenants protested a rent increase at a meeting on Wednesday night. (Credit: Holli Haerr/1010WINS)

Tenants protested a rent increase, and called for a rollback at a meeting on Wednesday night. (Credit: Holli Haerr/1010WINS)

“Owners are behind the eight ball. They need an increase this year,” he said.

The board’s final vote is scheduled for late June.

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