Handle a nightmare landlord—the right way

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Just because your landlord is breaking the law doesn't mean they'll get in trouble for it (or that your heat will get fixed fast). Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are hoping to change this, with a new task force aimed at cracking down on tenant harassment, involving the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Buildings, and the state's Tenant Protection Unit.

"This is a game-changer, to have the top law enforcement official in New York state weighing in on behalf of our tenants and fighting to protect affordable housing," Mayor de Blasio told reporters yesterday.

In the meantime, we've rounded up some of our best advice for effectively fighting back against negligent landlords, including:


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