Hochul signs package of housing legislation

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of housing legislation Friday.

The first bill allows tenants to sue in small claims court located in the area that the rental unit is located.

Tenants previously had to file in the jurisdiction where the landlord’s business is located, which is often out of state.

Another bill signed Friday protects people filing for bankruptcy, granting them an exemption to their interest in their rent-stabilized lease.