Let’s say that years ago, you withheld rent in order to force your landlord to do provide heat to a freezing apartment and wound up in housing court. You may have found that you have had trouble renting ever since because that trip to housing court landed you on the “tenant blacklist.”
It’s easier to get on the so-called tenant blacklist than you might expect—either through non-payment of rent or breaching the lease—and it has given landlords lots of power. Now, as a result of landmark rent reforms, landlords can no longer deny you an apartment based solely on this information. This is a reform designed to give extra protection to tenants who have asserted their rights and fought a landlord in housing court.
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