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A new bill called the Quality Housing Act proposes tougher financial penalties for landlords who fail to repair and maintain their buildings. Currently, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development can issue violations, and tenants can take landlords to court if the same violation keeps happening, but the new bill would allow the city to impose fees on landlords without tenants taking legal action. It would also double the size of the Alternative Enforcement Program, which seeks out the worst buildings and takes measures to ensure repairs. [WSJ]