District 37

Rafael L. Espinal Jr.

Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean Hill, Brownsville, East New York

Press Release for: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Contact: Erika Tannor, etannor@council.nyc.gov 917-626-2487


CM Espinal Applauds Passage of Sweeping Tenant Protection Legislation

City Hall– Today, the NYC Council passed the Stand for Tenant Safety (STS) legislative package aimed at reforming the Department of Buildings (DOB) and strengthening tenant protections throughout the city of New York.

Council Member Espinal, the lead sponsor of Intro No. 924-A, which will require the Department of Buildings (DOB) to include the date by which an owner must certify the correction of any and all violations along with a written vacate order, issued the following statement:

“It is no secret that unscrupulous building owners use vacate orders as a tool to evict tenants from their lawful apartments, said NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal. “By requiring DOB to set a date by which building owners must correct the violations pertaining to the vacate order, these landlords will be held accountable for their actions and crucial repairs will be made in a timely fashion. No longer will building owners be able to exploit DOB procedures to harass or evict tenants. This STS package will go a long way to prevent tenant displacement and maintain safe living conditions for New Yorkers. Congratulations to all of my colleagues and the advocates who have worked hard on making this a reality!”