Albany, New York (WABC) – Housing advocates rallied in the Bronx on Wednesday to demand that government officials pass a law that could protect vulnerable tenants.

New York Comptroller Brad Lander was joined by board member Pierina Sanchez and members of the Legal Aid Society to express support for the Good Deeds eviction law.

Tenants in unregulated premises will have basic remedies to prevent unjustified evictions or increase rents.

For example, legislation will prevent tenants from being squeezed out after large rent increases.

Lawyers say taking a “good deed” also supports tenants who have health problems or other physical limitations that make it very difficult to move.

“My husband had two strokes, I was in the hospital when we received the eviction notice,” one of the tenants said at the rally. “And they won’t tell us why. We just want to stay there and finish all we have left.”

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However, critics of the Good Deeds eviction bill say landlords will not be able to pay for repairs without raising rents.

And when the apartments open, they will have to raise rents for the next potential tenant.

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