New bill would make landlords pay for false accusations

October 27, 2008 12:34PM

A group of city and state officials introduced a new bill that would help
tenants recoup legal fees in cases where they were wrongly accused of violating
rent stabilization rules. Under the bill, in instances where landlords
knowingly pursue baseless legal action using false allegations against tenants,
the landlord would be required to pay thee times the tenant’s legal fees. City Council member Daniel Gardonick is among the officials supporting the bill, and said that in 339 legal cases at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village alone, the
landlord was found by the courts to be wrong.


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