Council Member Levine Introduces Rent Transparency Bill to Protect Tenants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2018

CONTACT: Jake Sporn // 917-842-5748 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, New York -- Today, Council Member Mark Levine introduced legislation, Intro 1274, that would require landlords of rent stabilized units to provide tenants with four years of rental history as recorded by the State Department of Housing and Community Renewal.

The legislation aims to increase transparency for tenants while ensuring they are not being overcharged for their homes. It would also help prevent landlords from illegally removing units from stabilization, and could make it easier for the City to enforce existing laws that protect and preserve stabilized units. 

“In the last year alone, my office has worked countless constituents who needed help getting their rent history from the State. It’s a complicated, time consuming process that tenants shouldn’t be burdened with,” said Council Member Mark Levine. “Requiring landlords to disclose a unit’s rent history would break down a significant barrier, making it easier to hold unscrupulous landlords accountable if a tenant’s rent goes up dramatically overnight. More than that, giving tenants insight in to a unit’s rent history means making it easier to predict how much their rent will increase in the future, helping them become more financially secure in the long run.”

The legislation is part a package of bills being introduced today in the Council to protect tenants.

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