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Tenant, Get Thee to the Laywer's Office

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Score a possible gain in the traditional, ongoing war in New York City between tenants and landlords. A new proposal would allow tenants to take landlords to court for harassing them to try to get them out of rent-controlled apartments so they can jack up the rent. (Say, not providing hot water or heat or letting a super race of rodents take over the building.) Under the current system all a tenant can do is file complaints with city and state agencies, many of which are viewed as being somewhat sympathetic to landlords. Bad landlords would be fined up to $5,000 and judges could force corrective action. It's just a proposal though, and tenants might only want to pencil in the appointments with the lawyers right now.
· Hot Water for Rotten Landlords [NYP]
· New tenant anti-harassment act would allow renters to sue [NYDN]
· Law to protect tenants from landlord bullies [Metro]

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