NYC landlords could soon be denied criminal background checks for tenants

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A controversial bill prohibiting Big Apple landlords from performing criminal background checks on prospective tenants – even those convicted of murder and other heinous crimes – is on a fast track to becoming law.

At least 30 of the City Council’s 51 members have agreed to back the “Fair Chance for Housing Act,” which is set to go before the Council’s Committee on Civil Rights for its first public hearing on Dec. 8, records show.

Unlike an earlier version of the bill that died in another Council committee at the end of the last year following outcry from landlord advocacy groups and others, the new bill introduced in August by Councilman Keith Powers (D-Manhattan) is gaining steam because of support from newly elected pols. Its co-sponsors include Speaker Adrienne Adams.

And Mayor Eric Adams appears more than willing to sign it into law should the bill reach his desk.

“No one should be denied housing because they were once engaged with the criminal justice system, plain and simple,” Adams spokesman Charles Lutvack told The Post.

“We will work closely with our partners in the City Council to ensure this bill has maximum intended impact.”

Backers and opponents are gearing up to have their voices heard at the Council hearing, but some said the stakes are too high — and dangerous — to wait.

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