BILL NO A01794
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Dinowitz (MS)
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.
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
accommodations subject to rent control laws may charge tenants for
certain non-rental fees. While these surcharges are sometimes allowed
in accordance with the Operational Bulletin 2005-01 issued by DHCR,
many landlords do not follow the regulations set forth in the
Operational Bulletin 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
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
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
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 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.