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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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