Today, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer called for legislation creating a “Tenant Bill of Rights” that would require landlords to share critical information with their tenants.
The proposed Bill of Rights is based on the Comptroller’s report that found New Yorkers have a knowledge gap in their housing rights, as well as an overwhelming amount of 311 complaints — more than 5.8 million calls in the last 9 years — that were focused on basic utilities that every home is supposed to provide, like hot water, heating, and plumbing.
“Knowledge is power, and the rights and resources generations of activists fought for should be accessible, clear and mandatory for every single tenant,” said New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer in a statement. “A Tenant Bill of Rights would enshrine key principles and mandate that landlords who must provide all of their tenants with information that protects them against abuse and neglect — like charging illegally high security deposits at the time of lease-signing, or not providing heat on a cold winter’s night. We need to mandate that all tenants are empowered with a bill of rights at every lease signing.”