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What local renters need to know about New York’s new housing laws

New York state’s landlord-tenant laws had been stuck in place for several decades but got a significant overhaul in June. With the passage and implementation of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, renters will see expanded protections related to evictions, lease renewals, rent increases, security deposits, retaliation and breaking leases early.

According to Thomas Luckini, who recently joined Legal Assistance of Western New York’s Ithaca office as a supervising attorney specializing in housing issues, the status quo long tilted the rules in favor of landlords. Legislation passed in Albany earlier this summer is a step toward rebalancing the scales, Luckini said at a meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature’s Housing and Economic Development Committee on Monday.

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