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City ordinance gives tenants more time to consider options

City ordinance gives tenants more time to consider options

In order to avoid the “mad rush” many students find themselves in to sign a new lease, Ithaca city lawmakers have made changes to the city’s rental housing code.

The new ordinance means that during the first 60 days of a lease, the landlord cannot show the property or sign another lease with other tenants.

City councilman Graham Kerslick, who helped write the ordinance, says he received numerous complaints from students and rental tenants who faced pressure to sign leases earlier and earlier each year.

“This wasn’t introduced to solve problem by itself, and it wasn’t introduced to punish landlords,” Kerslick said. “It was really an opportunity for both landlords and tenants to get familiar with their living situation before they had to consider signing a lease for the next year.”

Kerslick represents the city’s fourth ward, which includes Collegetown. He says the development of more housing in the city would also help solve the problem of the rush to find apartments.

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