STATE PASSES LEGISLATION AIMED AT TENANT HARASSMENT

The New York State Senate has passed legislation to criminalize landlord harassment of rent-regulated tenants, by subjecting them to dangerous conditions in an attempt to force them out of their homes. From exposing residents to hazardous materials, to making buildings deliberately uninhabitable, to shutting off heat and hot water, the landlords behind the tenant harassment have been able to evade justice…. according to the Attorney General… because the standard for proving criminal culpability has been impossibly high. The new law changes the legal standard of harassment, and allows prosecutors to pursue those actions.