Tenant Protection Act Upheld in Court
The Tenant Protection Act, which gave tenants the right to sue owners in Housing Court for using threats or other disruptive tactics to force them out, was upheld in a recent State Supreme Court ruling. The law made harassment a housing code violation and allowed a judge to impose civil penalties of $1,000 to $5,000 against violators. The judge dismissed the lawsuit brought against the city by owners. The suit claimed that the law violated the state and federal Constitutions and unlawfully expanded the jurisdiction of the city's Housing Maintenance Code and of Housing Court judges.