Legal Aid Society


LAS Analysis Debunks Landlords’ Claims Violations Would Skyrocket After Housing Reform

The Legal Aid Society released an analysis today which revealed that following the implementation of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (HSTPA) on June 14, 2019, housing maintenance code (HMC) violations issued by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) actually decreased compared to the same period in 2018, reports Gothamist. This negates claims made by landlords that violations would balloon because of the HSTPA. In fact, the data show otherwise.

“One of the first things that we heard from the landlord groups that the greater tenant protections found in the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act would mean that the landlords would be unable to maintain their buildings. But it hasn’t been backed up with anything. It’s just been threats,” said Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorney with the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society.