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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Law Alert - NYC Passes Commercial Landlord Discrimination Law with HUGE Fines


Discrimination lawsuits are coming if your teams are not trained to comply with the new NYC commercial tenant harassment laws. 

On 9/25/19, the New York City Council increased commercial tenant harassment fines to a minimum of $10,000 a maximum of $50,000—a ten fold increase from the previous fines that ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. 

The bill passed by the Council also expands on the definition of "tenant harassment" to include: 

  • Requesting identifying documents that would disclose the citizen status of a tenant;
  • Threatening a tenant based on factors including age, race, gender, disability status, or sexual orientation; and 
  • Unreasonably refusing to cooperate with a tenant's permitted repairs or construction activities. 
This expands on the prior prohibitions of denying utility services, removing tenant property, limiting a tenant's access to space, or repeatedly engaging in frivolous lawsuits against tenants. 

Landlords, before taking action in tenant disputes, you should have your teams trained on the different forms of discrimination and harassment to avoid hefty fines.

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