Mayor de Blasio recently passed a law that would grant greater protection to tenants and prevent landlords from forcing them to move out of rent controlled and rent stabilized apartments.
The law is designed to prevent landlords from forcing tenants to move from rent controlled and stabilized apartments so that landlords can then re-rent the apartments and charge higher rents. Violation of the new law will result in significant fines. Landlords may face penalties for a first time offense ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for engaging in prohibited tactics in an attempt to get tenants to vacate. Fines up to $20,000 may be imposed for additional violations.
The new law provides that:
- Landlords may not make a buyout offer within 180 days of a tenant refusing an offer;
- Landlords may not threaten tenants;
- Landlords may not contact tenants at unusual hours;
- Landlords may not induce tenants to move out by providing false information;
- Landlords must inform tenants that they may remain in their apartment;
- Landlords are also required to inform the tenants that they may wish to get advice from an attorney;
No tenant should have to live in fear that they will be thrown out of their home, or be retaliated against for refusing to move out. If you feel that your rights as a tenant have been violated, contact the skilled New York City landlord-tenant attorneys at the Law Office of Tanya Hobson-Williams. Please contact us online, toll free (866) 825-1529 or (718) 210-4744 to discuss your rights as a tenant and the solutions available to you.