Rent Compromise Reached

New York 1 Cable, June 16, 1997

There is an 11th-hour compromise in the battle over rent laws.

Shortly after the current rent laws expired at midnight, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver made an announcement that he, State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Governor George Pataki had reached a "conceptual agreement" on new rent laws. The surprise compromise came after a long day of negotiating, and after all the major parties involved said they were extremely pessimistic a deal could be reached.

So far, no details of the plan have been released - but stay tuned to New York 1 all morning for the latest on the apparent new rent laws.

Now, if you have questions or concerns about the effects of the new rent laws, there are several numbers you can call. The state has set up a toll-free information hotline for tenants who think they are being harassed. That number is 1 (888) 736-8457. The number is available 24-hours a day.

The city has also set up hotlines. For general information or legal assistance, call (212) 487-5858. And if you are concerned about harassment, call (212) 487-6633. The city hotline numbers are open from 6:00am until 10:00pm.