NEW YORK, NY – NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36), Chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, released the following statement Wednesday after the Council passed a package of 17 bills aimed at protecting tenants and preventing landlords from forcing people out of their homes.
The package includes measures that prevent landlords from using construction as a means of harassment, penalize building owners who falsify information on construction documents, and curtail the use of exploitative buyout agreements. The bills also increase enforcement of existing tenant protection laws and require landlords to obtain and release four years of rental history to tenants.
“Tenants in this city continue to face the pressure of rising costs and an increasingly unaffordable housing market. Too often, tenants are forced out of their home merely because they do not have the time or resources to combat unscrupulous landlords seeking to extract higher rents. I believe this package of legislation, including my bills – Intros. 59 & 1257 – will level the playing field for tenant by affording greater protection under the law, so more New Yorkers can stay in their homes.”