Historic Tenant Protections - Pichardo

The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act

In June 2019, Assemblymember Pichardo co-sponsored and helped pass the strongest rent regulation law ever in New York State to protect Bronx tenants from unfair landlord practices and safeguard affordable housing. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act makes rent stabilization and rent control regulations permanent so tenants aren’t left in limbo every few years.

Know your rights under the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act

Strongest tenant protections in history

  • Prohibits retaliatory eviction against a tenant who makes a good faith complaint alleging uninhabitable conditions
  • Prevents landlords from using a database of court information to blacklist prospective tenants
  • Requires landlords to provide adequate notice when refusing to renew a lease
  • Halts eviction plans for non-purchasing tenants in condo and co-op conversions and gives non-purchasing tenants in non-eviction plans more time to find a new home
  • Limits security deposits to one month’s rent and requires any deposit to be refundable
  • Requires landlords to re-rent a unit after a tenant breaks the lease to help mitigate damages
  • Limits background check fees to $20 and prohibits lease application fees

Rent reforms prevent unfair increases

  • Eliminates the vacancy bonus and prevents local rent guidelines boards (RGBs) from setting their own vacancy bonuses
  • Limits rent increases and prohibits fuel cost pass-alongs for rent-controlled tenants
  • Eliminates vacancy deregulation
  • Protects preferential rent for a current tenant and ensures all future increases are based on the preferential rate, not the legally permissible rent
  • Caps major capital improvement (MCI) rent increases at 2% and limits individual apartment improvement (IAI) rent increases
  • Adjusts the cap on annual MCI rent increases approved within the last 7 years from 6% to 2% for any tenant who was in place when the MCI was approved, which could save tenants hundreds of dollars each year
  • Directs the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) to audit and inspect 25% of approved MCIs annually
  • Extends the recovery of overcharge penalties from 4 to 6 years and eliminates the statute of limitations for filing

Bronx Housing Assistance Programs

The organizations below provide free information, resources or legal help for tenants facing eviction or harassment.

NYC Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force
866-275-3427 (1-866-ASK-DHCR)
THPT@hpd.nyc.gov

NYC Housing Preservation and Development’s Bronx Tenant Harassment hotline
917-661-4505
(Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

The Legal Aid Society (Bronx Neighborhood Office)
260 E. 161st St.
Bronx, NY 10451
718-991-4600

Housing Court Office
1118 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456
718-466-3025

The Neighborhood Association for Inter-Cultural Affairs (NAICA) Office
1075 Grand Concourse, Suite 1B
Bronx, NY 10452
718-538-3344, ext. 106

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association
718-716-8000, ext. 217
(Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)