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Each Incident of Harassment Can Cost Your Landlord $5000

If you're a victim of harassment and live in a rent-regulated unit, your landlord may be subject to a fine of up to $5000 for each offense. Harassment is any behavior that is intended to pressure a tenant to relinquish rights or vacate an apartment, or that violates a tenant's right to privacy and quiet enjoyment of the property. This can include verbal abuse, physical violence, unwarranted eviction threats, interruption of services, damage to personal property, and sexually-oriented remarks or gestures, or any other conduct that is intended to intimidate you. Landlord misrepresentation to tenants about what the law requires can also be deemed harassment. Needless to say, harassment claims depend on case-specific facts that have to be adequately proved in Court. In certain instances, harassment can also be charged as a felony. 

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