BILL NO A01794
SAME AS No Same as
COSPNSR Gottfried, Rosenthal, Mosley, Pichardo, Cook, Crespo, Kavanagh,
Sepulveda, Benedetto, Clark
MLTSPNSR DenDekker, Mayer
Directs the division of housing and community renewal to study non-rental fees
charged by landlords and report to the legislature.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1794
SPONSOR: Dinowitz (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the division of housing and community
renewal to study non-rental fees charged by landlords
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would require the Division of Housing and Community Renewal
(DHCR) to perform a study on non-rental fees imposed by landlords of
housing accommodations subject to rent regulation laws. This study will
assist the legislature in dealing with landlords who are using these
fees improperly for various reasons.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 requires DHCR to prepare and report a study on non-rental fees
imposed by landlords of housing accommodations subject to rent control
laws and report the study to the legislature by April 1, 2016.
Section 2 sets the effective date.
Currently the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) is
allowed to determine the amounts that landlords of housing accommo-
dations subject to rent control laws may charge tenants for certain
non-rental fees. While these surcharges are sometimes allowed in accord-
ance with the Operational Bulletin 2005-01 issued by DHCR, many land-
lords do not follow the regulations set forth in the Operational Bulle-
tin for when the surcharges can be applied. Most of the time, landlords
add these surcharges without Meeting any of the conditions set forth in
Operational Bulletin 2005-01. A recent survey of rent stabilized tenants
indicates that 68% were charged a surcharge for their air conditioner or
washing machine in the last year. These surcharges can add hundreds of
dollars to a tenant's rent, making rent controlled and rent stabilized
apartments unaffordable for low-income New Yorkers.
This study will offer an insight into how these non-rental fees are
established, evaluated, and evolve over time.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013-14- Referred to Housing/S.6112- Referred to Housing, Construction
and Community Development
None to the State.
This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 13, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ, GOTTFRIED, ROSENTHAL, MOSLEY, PICHARDO,
COOK, CRESPO, KAVANAGH, SEPULVEDA, BROOK-KRASNY, BENEDETTO, CLARK --
Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CAMARA, DenDEKKER, MAYER -- read once
and referred to the Committee on Housing
AN ACT directing the division of housing and community renewal to study
non-rental fees charged by landlords
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The division of housing and community renewal shall prepare
2 a report on non-rental fees imposed by landlords of housing accommo-
3 dations subject to rent regulations. Such study shall include a
4 description of fees commonly or frequently charged, the amounts of such
5 fees, how fees are determined and any other data or information the
6 division deems pertinent. The division shall submit such report to the
7 legislature by April 1, 2016.
8 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.