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By the time Mary Brown moved out of her apartment at 447 Thurston Road last year, she and the other residents had — for too long — dealt with black mold, infestations, uncollected garbage, sewage backups, unsecured doors, squirrels eating through the walls, and "big" rats.

"We were living in some very poor situations," said Brown, who is now living in a different apartment complex.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers made upstate communities eligible to opt in to tenant protections that have been in place downstate — mostly New York City and its suburbs — since 1974.

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Landlords and tenants are dealing with the ripple effects of New York state’s updated rent laws. 

Housing attorney Nicholas Miraglia, from Burgess & Miraglia, specializes in evictions. He said that he handled more than 3,000 evictions in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse last year and noted three key changes for renters.

A busload of tenants, formerly homeless people, and housing advocates traveled Tuesday from Rochester to Albany, where they expected to join thousands of others for a rally at the State Capitol.

With Democrats now in charge of both the Senate and Assembly, many advocates are urging lawmakers to pass new statewide protections for renters. 

"Rent just keeps getting higher and higher every year, and it's getting harder to pay my rent and maintain bills because it's just too high," said Barbara Rivera of Rochester.