Landlords file lawsuit against new rent laws in New York City

NEW YORK -- Landlords have filed a lawsuit challenging new rent laws that strengthens protections for more than a million New York City apartment dwellers and allows cities statewide to opt into rent stabilization.

The lawsuit was filed late Monday in Brooklyn federal court by the Rent Stabilization Association of NYC, a group that represents 25,000 landlords, the Community Housing Improvement Program and individual property owners. It names the city, the Rent Guidelines Board and the state agency that oversees rent-regulated apartments as defendants.

The landlords say the new laws, which strengthen rules restricting rental increases, are unconstitutional and amounts to illegal taking of private property.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would review the lawsuit. State Attorney General Letitia James said her office will defend the law.

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