Measure targets deadbeat Bronx landlords

Landlords who rack up code violations at Bronx and other city buildings would be forced to foot the repair bill if some City Council members have their way.

The council is considering the Safe Housing Act, which ensures repairs are completed in a timely manner. The measure targets landlords with at least 27 open code violations. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development would fix the problems if landlords don't complete the work within four months. Landlords would then get billed for repairs. They would have to repay the city or a lien would be placed on their property.

If the council approves the bill, the mayor would have to sign off on it. Officials estimate it would take five months to go into effect and is expected to cost the city $70 million over seven years.

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