Westchester appropriates $10 million for small landlords to repair rentals

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WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County is setting aside $10 million for landlords of small rental properties of up to eight units to make repairs that could not be done during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic.

County Executive George Latimer said up to $25,000 per rental unit will be allotted in the Landlord Tenant Assistance Program.

He said with $10 million funded through ARPA and county funds, as many as 400 apartments can be rehabilitated.

Norma Drummond, the county’s planning commissioner, said repairs can run the gamut.

“We’re not just going in to do paint jobs. We are looking to make sure the property is descent, safe and sanitary. That also includes accessibility. We have many of our county residents that are aging in place, and we need to make sure that their units keep up with the accessibility issues,” she said.

Latimer said the pandemic and its aftermath “have greatly impacted our small landlords who have not been able to receive rent increases to make improvements to their properties in years.” The new funding will help landlords “make upgrades that will ultimately preserve the life of these units,” he said.