Slumlords to foot bill when city makes repairs

The City Council passed an act Wednesday that is aimed at holding Brooklyn and city slumlords accountable for repairs.The Safe Housing Act immediately allows the

BROOKLYN - The City Council passed an act Wednesday that is aimed at holding Brooklyn and city slumlords accountable for repairs.

The Safe Housing Act immediately allows the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development to deal with the city's 200 worst buildings. The department would fix hazardous violations, then bill landlords for the costs. The act allows the city to seize buildings if landlords don't pay up.

Councilwoman Letitia James sponsored the bill. She says it will help improve living conditions for immigrants and low-income families.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 1 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
An attacker is treated by emergency services outside 2 4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament
The convenience of getting eye exams at home 3 12 on Health: Mobile and online eye exams
4 Word on the Street: 'As Young As You Feel Day'
Every month, the borough recognizes the extraordinary service 5 Detective, firefighters honored as 'Heroes of the Month'

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE