In today’s State of the City, Speaker of the City Council Chris Quinn proposed changing New York City’s housing code to reflect underlying conditions in building conditions. Daniel Massey writes:
The amendment to the city’s housing maintenance code would enable tenants and the city to bring actions in housing court against landlords to compel them to correct conditions such as leaky roofs, shoddy boilers and faulty wiring. “Instead of just fixing water damage, landlords will have to repair the hole in the roof that’s causing it,” Ms. Quinn said. “Slumlords will have to spend real money and fix the real problem or we’ll haul them into housing court.”
Read more at Crain’s
Obviously, we love this idea. The current housing code simply doesn’t reflect true building conditions, and allows landlords to paint over mold and plaster over leaks. This kind of patch-work repair allows for the same problems to come back again, and again, and again.
Daniel Massey quotes The Surreal Estate’s Dina Levy and provides excellent context for why the current housing code is not enough protection for tenants!