March 10, 2008 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
After a long fight by tenants and their allies against a well-funded landlord lobby, the New York City Council passed the Tenant Protection Act, an important new law that will give tenants the right to seek redress in housing court if their landlord are harassing them.
The law is especially important here on the West Side, where some unscrupulous landlords are deliberately harassing rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants to force them out of their apartments, then bringing in higher-paying tenants to replace them.
WSNA extends a special congratulations to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is also one of our local representatives–Speaker Quinn stood up for a good bill even after the landlords fought against it.
Come celebrate the harassment bill as Mayor Bloomberg signs it into law! We are gathering for a press conference on the steps of City Hall at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th, followed by a tenant party across the street.
If you can make it, please RSVP to Lucas at LShapiro@hcc-nyc.org or 212-716-1664.