Saying there’s no room in the city for “ruthless tactics,” Mayor de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a series of bills that will stop unscrupulous landlords from pressuring tenants to move out.
Under the new laws, it is illegal for a building owner to make a buyout offer for 180 days after a tenant declines the initial offer.
It will also be illegal for landlords to offer false information to persuade people to take the buyout, threaten a tenant, or call them at weird hours.
And one of the bills requires landlords to tell the tenants that they have the option of staying in the apartment if they want to.
The laws apply to all rental apartments in the city, but are aimed at the city’s dwindling stock of rent regulated units, which can only raise rents a set amount every year.