City Council Passes Bill Protecting Immigrant Tenants from Harassment
The City Council recently approved a bill that bars owners from asking immigrant tenants for proof of citizenship. Int. No. 1678, introduced by Councilmember Peter Koo of District 20, amends the definition of “harassment” under the Housing Maintenance Code to include discriminatory threats and requests for proof of citizenship. Amending this definition allows tenants to bring harassment claims for such actions in housing court.