It may soon get easier to hit landlords with criminal harassment charges

The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would make it easier for rent-regulated tenants to file criminal harassment charges against their landlords. The legislation — dubbed the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 — would create a misdemeanor level offense for tenant harassment, defined as actions that are intended to push the tenant out. Currently, the threshold for bringing charges is much higher: Tenants must prove that harassment led to physical harm. “As the law […]


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