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Sheehan Discusses New Tenant Protections Passed By Albany Common Council

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Dave Lucas
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WAMC
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

The Albany Common Council has passed a series of local fair housing laws introduced by Mayor Kathy Sheehan in March.

The Democrat running for a third term says the package allows the buildings department to intervene to make repairs to dwellings rather than declaring them unsafe and displacing residents, with the owner billed for the cost of repairs. The goal is to reduce the number of abandoned buildings in the city. In a first, the measure also forces landlords to demonstrate “good cause” to evict tenants, and prohibits rent increases of more than 5% a year when they are used to circumvent eviction laws.

Sheehan spoke with WAMC Tuesday.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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