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.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."