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A05525 Summary:

BILL NOA05525
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00279
 
SPONSORRichardson
 
COSPNSRDe La Rosa, Colton, Epstein, Taylor, Pichardo, Reyes
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Simon
 
Add §20-a, Pub Hous L
 
Relates to submitting and tracking complaints relating to housing conditions and making such information publicly available.
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A05525 Actions:

BILL NOA05525
 
02/19/2021referred to housing
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A05525 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5525
 
SPONSOR: Richardson
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to submitting and tracking complaints relating to housing conditions and making such information publicly available   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase transparency, and provide a mechanism for tracking complaints related to housing conditions.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends public housing law to add a new section where the commissioner shall establish a system that allows individuals to submit online and by telephone, complaints alleging housing conditions that would if proved, violate any law, rule or regulation relating to the maintenance, use, occupancy, safety or sanitary condition of any build- ing or portion thereof which is occupied, arranged or intended to be occupied as a home, residence or dwelling place. * The commissioner shall publish on the division of housing and communi- ty renewal website the following information relating to the complaints made pursuant to subdivision: * The date of the complaint * The address of the building to which the complaint relates * The conditions complained of including the law, rule or regulation such conditions would, if proved violate * Status of the complaint * States that beginning one year after the effective date, and annually thereafter the commissioner shall publish on the division of housing and community renewal website a report summarizing the complaints made to the division of housing and community renewal.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently there isn't a system in place that tracks the numerous housing complaints. Building owners continue to violate laws, rules, and regu- lations because there isn't a streamlined effective system to capture these complaints. Often times these owners deliberately violate various jaws to harass tenants. Creating this system will make it much easier to capture these violations, address them, and remain transparent to the public.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A02139   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after shall have become a law.
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A05525 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5525
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. RICHARDSON, DE LA ROSA, COLTON, EPSTEIN, TAYLOR,
          PICHARDO, REYES -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, SIMON --  read
          once and referred to the Committee on Housing
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend the public housing law, in relation to submitting and
          tracking complaints relating to housing  conditions  and  making  such
          information publicly available
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The public housing law is amended by adding a  new  section
     2  20-a to read as follows:
     3    §  20-a.  Submitting and tracking housing condition complaints. 1. The
     4  commissioner shall establish a system that allows individuals:
     5    (a) to submit, online and by telephone,  complaints  alleging  housing
     6  conditions  that  would,  if proved, violate any law, rule or regulation
     7  relating to the maintenance, use, occupancy, safety or  sanitary  condi-
     8  tion  of  any building or portion thereof which is occupied, arranged or
     9  intended to be occupied as a home, residence or dwelling place; and
    10    (b) obtain, online and by  telephone,  information  relating  to  such
    11  complaints, including the status thereof.
    12    2.  The  commissioner  shall  publish  on  the division of housing and
    13  community renewal website the  following  information  relating  to  the
    14  complaints made pursuant to subdivision one of this section:
    15    (a) the date of the complaint;
    16    (b) the address of the building to which the complaint relates;
    17    (c)  the  conditions  complained  of, including the law, rule or regu-
    18  lation such conditions would, if proved, violate; and
    19    (d) the status of the complaint.
    20    3. Beginning one year after the effective date of  this  section,  and
    21  annually  thereafter,  the commissioner shall publish on the division of
    22  housing  and  community  renewal  website  a  report   summarizing   the
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02374-01-1

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     1  complaints  made to the division of housing and community renewal pursu-
     2  ant to subdivision one of this section during the previous year.
     3    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
     4  have become a law.
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