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November 9, 2007

Local Law 29 - The Safe Housing Act To Take Effect

Local Law 29 - The Safe Housing Act To Take Effect


Over 60 Affected Tenants and Community Members Will Celebrate in Front of Dilapidated Building          

WHAT:  Press conference.  

The Safe Housing Act, passed by the City Council in June, to improve housing conditions for tenants living in the city's worst buildings, will take effect on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.  

Tenants will gather in front of 531 Knickerbocker Avenue which has 269 open housing code violations, including 78 Class C, or "immediately hazardous", violations.  The building has had no heat or hot water for several months. Tenants report that there have been ten fires in the basement recently because of a malfunctioning boiler. The floor in one of the apartments has collapsed. Rat, cockroach and mouse infestation is out of control.   

Under the legislation, every year the city would identify 200 buildings with the most housing code violations and target them for aggressive inspection, follow-up, and comprehensive repairs.  The legislation requires landlords to make repairs that address the core of physical problems in distressed buildings.  Landlords would have four months to make substantial repairs, or the city's housing agency - the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) - would do so to ensure that emergency conditions are alleviated and the underlying physical conditions are addressed.  Landlords would be required to reimburse the city for the cost of repairs.

WHEN:  11AM, Monday  November 12

WHERE:  531 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn between Grove and Linden L/M to Myrtle/Wyckoff

WHO:  Make the Road by Walking, Housing Here and Now, New York Immigration Coalition                   

Interviews with tenants, building tours, copies of the Safe Housing Act, and photos of housing conditions will be available upon request.


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