No, nothing in this legislation will prevent a landlord from increasing rent charges to a tenant. If the landlord increases rent and the tenant fails to pay the increased rent, the landlord may commence an eviction based on the tenant’s failure to pay rent. The reason and the justification for the increase to the rent will be reviewed by an Albany City Court judge. If the landlord can justify the rent increase, the landlord will be entitled to a warrant of an eviction against the tenant. If, on the other hand, the landlord is unable to justify the rent increase, the fact that the increase is unjustified will present the tenant with a defense to the eviction proceeding.