Many immigrants live in New York City and just like other residents in the city, they need a place to live. So, they rent apartments from landlords throughout the city. These tenants have the same rights as other tenants and those are protected by law. However, this does not change the fact that some landlords will do whatever they can to make extra money. This could include harassing immigrant tenants and making threats to report them to the authorities.
A new law was passed by the city council though that attempts to stop this type of harassing behavior. The new law would prohibit landlords from requiring proof of citizenship from tenants who have already provided a government issued ID. If the landlord requests this information, then it will automatically be considered harassment and the tenant can bring a harassment claim in housing court. In addition to that the landlord could face a fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
In addition to protections against harassment, tenants in New York have many other rights as well. There are a number of things that the landlord must provide to tenants to ensure that the apartment is livable and safe. When landlords break these rules, landlord-tenant disputes can occur and the landlord may be required to compensate the tenants. This could include fines or rent abatement depending on the offense.
Landlords in New York can be very powerful and intimidating to tenants, but there are many rules that they must follow. Tenants cannot be harassed in attempts to get them to leave or increase rent and have many other rights. However, many do not understand their rights and may feel like there is nothing they can do to rectify a situation. Experienced attorneys understand tenant rights though and may be able to protect one's rights.
Source: www.qns.com, "Flushing-based lawmaker's bill protecting immigrant tenants from harassment passes" Suzanne Monteverdi, Dec. 19, 2017