De Blasio Signs Law that Provides Sweeping Protections Against Tenant Harassment
On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio signed a groundbreaking bill into law – one that serves as the first line of defense against those landlords who self-certify and use illegal construction to force tenants out of their homes.
By passing “Intro 918,” the city will increase DOB inspections for construction applications at buildings where more than 25% of units are occupied, and also at locations where landlords have been guilty of tenant harassment.
Penalties will also be imposed on any renovation work conducted without permits, an oft-utilized trick to push out regulated tenants under the guise of building “repairs.”
“For far too long, bad landlords have relied on construction as harassment to make tenants’ lives miserable in an effort to force them out of their homes and earn a quick buck. By signing this bill into law, we are giving working families and seniors new protections against greedy building owners who expose their tenants to inhumane and hazardous living conditions,” said the bill’s author, Councilmember Margaret Chin.
This bill first hit the scene in 2015, and is just one of the many working cogs within the “Stand for Tenant Safety” package, an unprecedented legislative effort that aims to increase protection for tenants citywide.