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A03064 Summary:

BILL NOA03064
 
SAME ASSAME AS S00433
 
SPONSOREpstein
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Provides that all declarations of housing emergency that were in full force and effect as of March 7, 2020 shall remain in full force and effect until the date that is two years after the expiration of the state disaster emergency declared pursuant to Executive Order 202 of 2020.
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A03064 Actions:

BILL NOA03064
 
01/22/2021referred to housing
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A03064 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3064
 
SPONSOR: Epstein
  TITLE OF BILL: An act providing for the continuation of certain declarations of housing emergency that were in full force and effect as of March 7, 2020   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To ensure that declarations of housing emergency that provide the basis for New York's system of rent regulations remain in effect, regardless of the local vacancy rate.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill provides that notwithstanding applicable law, all declarations of housing emergency pursuant to the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, the Local Emergency Housing Rent Control Act, the NYC Administra- tive Code, and the Emergency Housing Rent Control Law that were in full force and effect as of March 7th, 2020 shall remain in full force and effect until 2 years after the expiration of the State Disaster. Emer- gency declared pursuant to Executive Order 202 of 2020.   JUSTIFICATION: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous hardship for New York's renters. As of June 2020, New York City's unemployment rate was a stun- ning 20.4% and New York State's was 15.7%. A recent study from the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) which represents property owners, found that about 25% of renters have been unable to pay their rent during the pandemic. The State has acted to protect tenants from eviction due to the impacts of the pandemic on their finances. However, because many New Yorkers have vacated their apartments during the worst of the pandemic to protect their health and safety, this crisis risks compromising the entire system of rent regulation in New York City, as the statutory basis for rent regulation is predicated upon a local vacancy rate of less than five percent. Studies have shown that those who left the city between March 1st and May 1st were disproportionately likely to live in wealthier neighbor- hoods. The fact that these New Yorkers can afford to relocate, either temporarily or permanently, to less dense areas does not change the fact that rent regulations are a crucial protection for tenants of the rough- ly one million rent stabilized apartments in New York City. This legislation would ensure that New York's rent regulations continue to be in full force and effect during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath in order to protect access to affordable housing for those tenants.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2020: A10909/S08855 - referred to housing/REFERRED TO RULES   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A03064 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3064
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 22, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. EPSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Housing
 
        AN ACT providing for the continuation of certain declarations of housing
          emergency that were in full force and effect as of March 7, 2020
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  a. For the purposes of this act, "declarations of housing
     2  emergency" means:
     3    (i) all determinations by the local legislative body of a  city,  town
     4  or  village of the existence of a public emergency pursuant to section 3
     5  of the emergency tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four;
     6    (ii) the public emergency requiring  the  regulation  and  control  of
     7  residential  rents and evictions as provided in subdivision 3 of section
     8  1 of the local emergency housing rent control act;
     9    (iii) the serious public emergencies  declared  pursuant  to  sections
    10  26-401,  26-501 and 26-502 of the administrative code of the city of New
    11  York; and
    12    (iv) the serious public emergency declared pursuant to  section  1  of
    13  the emergency housing rent control law.
    14    b. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 of the emergency tenant
    15  protection  act  of  nineteen  seventy-four,  sections  26-401,  26-414,
    16  26-501, 26-502, and 26-520 of the administrative code of the city of New
    17  York, and any other applicable provisions of law,  all  declarations  of
    18  housing emergency that were in full force and effect as of March 7, 2020
    19  shall  remain  in full force and effect until the date that is two years
    20  after the expiration of the state disaster emergency, as  such  term  is
    21  defined  in section 20 of the executive law, declared pursuant to Execu-
    22  tive Order 202 of 2020, as amended,  and  as  further  extended  by  any
    23  subsequent  or future executive order, regardless of whether the vacancy
    24  rate for the municipality in which the housing accommodation is  located
    25  or  for the class of such housing accommodation within such municipality
    26  is in excess of five percent.
    27    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02365-01-1
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