NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was an Eleventh-hour try by the City Council to cross a controversial invoice that might forestall landlords from doing felony background checks on potential tenants.
It might have an effect on residents of a number of million rental residences, condos and co-ops, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
Landlord teams have been in an uproar Wednesday, charging that the security of thousands and thousands of tenants is on the road if the lame duck mayor and lame duck Metropolis Council ram by a invoice that forestalls them from checking the felony histories of individuals earlier than they permit them to maneuver into their buildings.
“Homicide, assault, battery, drug dealing, gun working, intercourse crimes,” stated Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association.
Strasburg, the top of the most important group of condo constructing house owners, ran thorough a partial checklist of the crimes landlords could be unable to examine for earlier than renting residences to potential tenants, underneath a brand new invoice sponsored by Councilman Stephen Levin.
“Folks with kids wish to know who their tenants are and placing blinders on the proprietor and never telling the tenant, I feel is a disservice, and this experiment of social engineering is gonna actually end in chaos and enhance in crime that’s going to happen in buildings,” Strasburg stated.
The invoice would have an effect on an estimated 2.6 million tenants of coops, condos and rent-stabilized buildings within the 5 boroughs.
It could not have an effect on the greater than 500,000 individuals who stay in 335 NYCHA developments.
“Right here, we’re seeing all of the crime on subways and this laws goes to open the door and convey a few of that crime into condo buildings,” Strasburg stated.
Councilman Levin disagrees, saying his invoice shall be a sport changer.
“Protected and secure housing is a proper each New Yorker deserves, but conviction data proceed for use to punish and discriminate in opposition to individuals lengthy after they’ve left the felony authorized system,” Levin stated in an announcement. “Eradicating restrictive obstacles would enhance entry to housing for a whole bunch of 1000’s of New Yorkers and make it attainable for individuals to restart their lives.”
The invoice can be supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, with a spokesman Mitch Schwartz saying, “Secure housing reduces recidivism. Discriminatory housing practices make it worse. Maintaining our metropolis secure means altering the way in which we take into consideration housing fairness — not repeating the identical errors that depart individuals behind, even lengthy after they’ve left the justice system.”
“The issue with renting now could be you could possibly find yourself renting to a serial killer, anyone who has a complete horrible background. You could possibly have kids within the constructing. You could possibly have aged within the constructing,” one girl stated.
“That’s a foul concept since you don’t know who’s shifting in to your secure place, your secure haven, so I don’t assume that’s a good suggestion,” added Adonia Clarke of the Bronx.
A spokesman for the mayor identified the invoice doesn’t forestall landlords from evicting anybody who causes hurt to the constructing or different tenants.