Proposed bill could fine bad landlords for not making needed repairs

The bill still needs to go through some hearings in front of the City Council before it can pass. (5/14/14)

NEW YORK - A city councilman is proposing to hand out fines to landlords that don't keep their buildings in good condition.

Ritchie Torres (D – The Bronx) is proposing the bill with the help of Antonio Reynoso (D – Queens/Brooklyn).

Currently, when officers from the city's Housing Preservation and Development respond to a complaint from a tenant, the landlord is given only a notice of violation. The tenant can call the HPD to re-inspect 30 to 90 days later, but if the conditions are still not up to par, the landlord just gets another violation.

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Torres is proposing that these re-inspections come at a price. Every re-inspection would result in a fee until the repair needed is made.

Reynoso claims that landlords try to make money by kicking out rent-stabilized tenants by not making repairs for months or years at a time. He says that this bill would put an end to that practice.

The bill still needs to go through some hearings in front of the City Council before it can pass.

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