A03381 Summary:

BILL NO    A03381 

SAME AS    No Same as 

SPONSOR    Wright

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   



Provides for the suspension of public assistance to owners of privately owned
residential housing in NYC who are in violation of certain New York city
department of housing preservation and development standards.
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A03381 Actions:

BILL NO    A03381 

01/22/2015 referred to housing
01/06/2016 referred to housing
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A03381 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3381
 
SPONSOR: Wright
  TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to payment of assistance to owners of privately owned residential housing within the city of New York   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section One. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary any department or agency of the state or the city of New York which provides financial assistance of any kind to owners of privately owned residential housing within the city of New York shall suspend payment of assistance to any such owners who are listed on the New York city department of housing preservation and development's official major problem owner list until all class C violations are removed by the New York department of housing preservation and development. Additionally, during such period when assistance is suspended, owners who have not corrected the class C violations and been removed from the problem owner list for such violations shall not evict any tenant for nonpayment of rent or for violation of lease agreements that are related in any way to the class C violations which are subject of suspension of assistance.   JUSTIFICATION: The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the first line of defense in matters concerning abuses of tenants within New York City. This agency is responsible for investigat- ing and deeming if a building is in violation of City housing codes. The violations are categorized into three classes; Class A, Class B, and Class C, with Class C being the most serious and defined as emergency repairs that must be mediated within twenty-four (24) hours. It is internal HPD policy that if a landlord who has multiple unresolved Class C City Housing Maintenance Code Violations, they are added to a 'problem owner list'. Other than by the administrative steps that HPD can take to remedy the situation, many problem landlords go unpunished and continue to receive state and city aid through tax breaks and other programs. This legislation seeks to remove this city and state aid until the land- lord has complied with city housing codes and has resolved all Class C violations lodged against them. The legislation also addresses the tend- ency of landlords to attempt eviction against tenants who file complaints with HPD, and prevents eviction proceedings to occur while Class C violations and listing on the "problem owner list" still exists. Although fines are assessed to landlords by HPD and tenants with Class C violations in their unit or building have the option of paying rent into an ESCROW account until violations are resolved, with the housing market as inflated and exclusionary as it is today within New York City, addi- tional steps must be taken to protect our tenants from unnecessary retribution and abuse. Hopefully the outcome of this legislation will be lower numbers and quicker resolution of violations.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-2014: A.2834 2011: A.2966 2009: A.1404 2007 - A.1081 2006 - A.10211   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A03381 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3381
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 22, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. WRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Housing
 
        AN  ACT  relating  to payment of assistance to owners of privately owned
          residential housing within the city of New York
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
     2  any  department  or agency of the state or of the city of New York which
     3  provides financial assistance of any kind to owners of  privately  owned
     4  residential housing within the city of New York shall suspend payment of
     5  assistance  to  any  such  owners  who  are  listed on the New York city
     6  department of housing  preservation  and  development's  official  major
     7  problem  owner  list until all class C violations are removed by the New
     8  York department of housing preservation and development.   Additionally,
     9  during  such  period  when  assistance is suspended, owners who have not
    10  corrected the class C violations and been removed from the problem owner
    11  list for such violations shall not evict any tenant  for  nonpayment  of
    12  rent or for violation of lease agreements that related in any way to the
    13  class C violations which are the subject of suspension of assistance.
    14    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04748-01-5
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