New legislation could mean BX landlords pay triple the cost for building repairs
Bronx tenants rights advocates gathered outside City Hall Tuesday to demand that new legislation pass to change when building problems get repaired.
Many Bronx residents say they are living with life threatening violations, such as broken boilers and faulty plumbing. However, new legislation could force the city to take responsibility for landlords who fail to make repairs.
The Healthy Homes Act or Intro 486 would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to return to buildings within 30 days to make sure Class C violations were fixed. If the problems are not fixed, the legislation will allow the city to make repairs and bill the landlords up to three times the cost.
HPD officials say they havent reviewed the new legislation. However, they believe in strict enforcement and penalties for landlords who violate the current laws.