State and city officials have launched a joint task force to crack down on New York City landlords who harass tenants to force them into vacating rent-regulated apartments.
Tuesday’s vote also forces those landlords to be publicly listed as offenders on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s website.
The Town of Brookhaven has taken 68 landlords to court this year for allegedly illegally renting rooms to students in their single-family homes. At least 30 other homes are under investigation.
Longtime Little Italy residents and business owners have complained of being squeezed out by greedy landlords, but one man is appealing for help to save the historic district.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he has sent letters to landlords, ordering them to restore services damaged by Superstorm Sandy as temperatures drop, and use the city’s Rapid Repair Program if they have not done so.
Renters and landlords are getting their chance to sound off about possible increases.
Until now, the city would wait for complaints then check for violations in a building sliding into distress.
Public Advocate pushing for tougher punishments on landlords who don’t turn on the heat.
Landlords of rundown buildings are also renting to space to New York City, according to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. He said the city should use its economic power to hold them accountable.