On Jan. 19, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). This is a big step toward creating asthma-friendly rental housing that can improve the lives of many in New York.
Under the bill, landlords are required to inspect their properties for asthma triggers, like mold and pests. If they find them, they have to remove them properly. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will also have to educate people about how indoor allergens affect asthma.
The bill was led by the group WE ACT and the Coalition for Asthma Free Homes. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a member of the coalition.
“AAFA is thrilled the New York City Council is making the health and safety of its residents a priority by passing bill 385B into law,” said Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board of AAFA. “One in eight adults in NYC report being diagnosed with asthma and 25 percent of low-income children in New York City have asthma. Local Law 55 will serve all New York City residents with asthma by giving all residents much-needed legal rights to better living conditions and enforcing correct remediation compliance by landlords.”
Congratulations, New York City, and thank you for taking steps to protect the health and lives of those with asthma!