Tenant advocates propose licensing landlords in New York City

With thousands of New York City rental units posing potential dangers to tenants, city advocates are proposing measures to make landlords improve building safety.

March 15, 2012

With thousands of New York City rental units posing potential dangers to tenants, city advocates are proposing measures to make landlords improve building safety.

One idea is to give a city agency vetting power to determine whether an owner has a good record before granting a license to purchase a property. A similar licensing program is already the law in Philadelphia and several other cities where unlicensed owners are legally barred from collecting rent.

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