NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — State and city officials have launched a joint task force to crack down on New York City landlords who harass tenants into vacating rent-regulated apartments.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio joined others Thursday in announcing the creation of the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force. They said the joint effort was a response to a rise in tenant complaints, perhaps triggered by the city’s soaring real estate market.READ MORE: Broadway Returns Continue With 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'Mrs. Doubtfire'
“This is the landlord-tenant equivalent of climate change,” Schneiderman said in a Brooklyn news conference. “If you treat your tenants like criminals, we will not hesitate to make you one.”