City Councilman Dan Garodnick is accusing the landlords at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village of trying to pull a fast one on their tenants.
Garodnick, who lives in Peter Cooper Village, said residents were given a credit for days they were without heat, power, or elevators because of Hurricane Sandy.
However, he said, along with the abatement came a note saying if they pay the lower rent, they agree to settle whatever storm claims they have and give up their right to sue.
Gardonick said the move is unfair.
"It's disappointing to see that what was a very positive gesture by management, in issuing the abatement, appropriate and appreciated, is now being viewed by many as an attempt to manipulate residents," Garodnick said. "And that's really a problem."
"In terms of fairness, I think at least the owners of Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper, were fair in offering a rebate," said Steve Kerner, a Peter Cooper Village resident.
NY1 reached out to the landlords, CW Capital and Waterside Plaza, and has not yet heard back.