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Tenement

An apartment building, especially a shoddy or poorly maintained one. A tenement may only meet the minimum standards for the owner to rent its units legally.
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In 1901, the landmark Tenement House Act was passed: Nestled within a thicket of new restrictions on tenement construction were new limits on residential building heights for virtually all multiunit residential buildings in Greater New York City.
The impact of height restrictions was compounded by new provisions in the Tenement House Act of 1901 that mandated vast new changes to tenement house construction, which made tenements far more costly to build.
Another significant feature of the Tenement House Act of 1901 was the tying of building height restrictions to setback and other lot-coverage restrictions, in a way that imposed an additional "tax" on tall residential buildings.
One of the features of New York's tenements during the 1900-30 period that has impressed modern-day historians of Manhattan is the extraordinary staying power of the tenement house system as a means of housing the poor.
The result, in large part, was that a 19th-century housing mainstay--the tenement house system--survived virtually unchanged well into the 20th century.
Such supply was effectively regulated out of existence by legislation beginning with the 1901 Tenement House Act (Jackson 1976: chap.
On Veiller, see Roy Lubove, The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City, 1890-1917 (Pittsburgh, Pa.