BROOKLYN - Some Brooklyn tenants staged a sleep-in outside of Borough Hall tonight to urge state legislators to renew rent-regulation laws.

Protesters say rent stabilization is especially important for low-income families, seniors and the handicapped. Tenants worry that if the laws aren't renewed by their June 15 expiration date, then rent costs could become unaffordable for many.

Residents stayed in cardboard homes and tents overnight to demonstrate their belief that many New Yorkers will end up out on the streets if regulation doesn't improve.

The state Assembly has already passed a bill to strengthen rent-stabilization laws, but the state Senate now has to approve a similar bill. It would then head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) to sign.

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