Mayor and Council President Sign Law to Increase Protections Against Tenant Harassment

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito signed into law three bills that increase legal protections against tenant harassment.

"With tenant harassment at an all-time high due to weak rent laws, The Legal Aid Society commends the leadership of Mayor DeBlasio  and Speaker  Mark-Viverito in addressing this important issue," said Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit.  " Sadly there is much work to do to ensure that landlords are not pushing long term tenants out of their homes and communities.  The Society looks forward to working with the Mayor and the New York City Council to protect tenants from wrongful evictions by unscrupulous landlords."

The bills: 

  • Ban landlords from threatening tenants, contacting tenants repeatedly at odd hours, contacting tenants at their place of employment without permission, and falsifying or misrepresenting information.
  • Ban landlords from contacting tenants about additional buyout offers within 180 days of being informed in writing that the tenant is not interested in hearing additional offers.
  • Require that landlords inform tenants of their rights when presenting a buyout offer.