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Tenants who have fought in court against baseless charges of breaking rent-stabilization regulations may get new protections, if the State Legislature passes a pending bill. The bill would force landlords to pay up to three times the tenant’s legal fees.
State Sen. Tom Duane and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, the bill’s sponsors, held a rally on Oct. 19 with several local elected officials and members of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association. The bill is meant to target landlords who knowingly file false accusations and non-renewal of lease notices against their tenants. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Scott Stringer and Council Member Dan Garodnick joined the two legislators to express support of the legislation.

–Dan Rivoli

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