A01794 Summary:

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.
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A01794 Actions:

BILL NO    A01794 

01/13/2015 referred to housing
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A01794 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01794 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1794

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.

JUSTIFICATION:

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
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

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately
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A01794 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1794

                              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.
                                                                  LBD01833-01-5
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