06/11/2010 06:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Loft Law Gives Artists Permanent Protection

Thousands of artists living in illegal lofts from TriBeCa to the Bronx won sweeping new protections this week from Albany lawmakers.

The state Assembly and Senate voted to make permanent the Loft Law, which protects loft tenants from unfair rent hikes and eviction. The legislature also extended the law to protect tenants in hundreds of additional commercial and manufacturing buildings across the city.