Loft law update gives tenants right to sue in housing court


Long-suffering loft tenants are finally set to get relief under a new bill, signed into law last week by Gov. Kathy Hochul, allowing them to sue neglectful landlords in housing court — just like any other tenant already can.

Because lofts are constructed from former commercial or industrial spaces, there had been a long standing ambiguity in the legal system, and as a result, tenants were previously unable to sue their landlords in housing court to force basic repairs and maintenance of their living spaces.