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NY Lawmakers Announce Deal On New Tenant Protections

June 12, 2019 - 7:53 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Lawmakers in Albany have announced a deal on new tenant protections for millions of people renting apartments in New York City.

They include restrictions on rental increases in rent stabilized units and authorizing cities throughout the state to create their own rent rules.

“After years of displacement caused by rent laws that worked against them, New York's tenants finally have a seat at the table thanks to a new Senate that is working with our Assembly partners to eagerly champion housing affordability," Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said in a statement, "This sweeping legislation provides the strongest tenant protections since the rent laws were enacted decades ago and I am proud to have worked with incredible grassroots organizers to deliver this historic progress.” 

Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a "remarkable achievement that will halt displacement, harassment and unjust evictions, and keep working families in the homes they love."

A vote is expected before Saturday, when the law governing rent control and rent stabilization rules is set to expire.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will sign the deal.