TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to authorizing
the city of Buffalo to add unpaid housing code violation penalties,
costs and fines to the city's annual tax levy in accordance with
To allow the City of Buffalo to deem finally adjudicated fines imposed
upon real property for building code violations as delinquent taxes.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Authorizes the City of Buffalo to collect any unpaid
housing code violation penalties, costs and fines through placement by
the city's commissioner of finance on the city's annual tax levy in
accordance with the applicable provisions of the city's tax and
Subdivision 2: Provides that in order for such unpaid housing code
violation penalties, costs and fines to be eligible for placement on
the city's annual tax levy, to have been adjudicated and imposed
through a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction on an owner of
real property within the city, as certified by the city's corporation
counsel to the commissioner of finance, and have remained unpaid for
one year preceding the placement on the city's tax levy.
Subdivision 3: Such housing code violation penalty, cost or fine as
set forth in a copy of the judgment certified by the corporation
counsel to the commissioner of finance shall be set down in the annual
tax levy under the heading uncollected fines and penalties and shall
be levied, enforced and collected in the same manner, by the same
proceedings, at the same time, under the same penalties and having the
same lien upon the property assessed as the general city tax and as a
Section 2 specifies that this legislation shall take effect
The purpose of this legislation is to hold property owners who do not
reside in a property that has been cited by a municipality for
building code violations accountable. Often colloquially referred to
as "slumlords", these absentee landlords allow properties to
deteriorate with little-to-no recourse, as municipalities often face
difficulties in enforcing and collecting fines. These problem
properties plague neighborhoods and communities across New York State,
negatively impacting quality of life and property values for nearby
residents. By authorizing the City of Buffalo to pass local laws
allowing for unpaid fines to be included as a tax lien on the
property, property owners will be forced to pay the fines or risk the
property being foreclosed upon.
None to the state. Positive for the City of Buffalo.
This act shall take effect immediately.