For decades, New York tenants were subject to the whims of landlords. While we have much to do to bring down housing costs, I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished in 2019 to protect tenants in New York, making the playing field for New Yorkers much fairer and helping them stay in their apartments.
What We’ve Accomplished
In 2019, we passed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, which fundamentally changed the balance of power between tenants and landlords. We ended the erosion of rent-stabilized apartments in the State, expanded regulations beyond New York City, and limited security deposits to just one-month among a number of changes.
Where We Need to Go
We must expand protections to public housing tenants and continue to reduce the rate of evictions in New York, which are a traumatic event for families. Particularly coming out of the pandemic, we must enable families to stay in their homes. Finally we must provide everybody in housing court with an attorney just as we do in criminal matters.