STATE OF NEW YORK
Cal. No. 550
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
February 3, 2021
Introduced by Sens. RIVERA, JACKSON -- read twice and ordered printed,
and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities 1 --
reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second
report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and
ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading
AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in
relation to requiring contracts for a commercial lease
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Title 22 of the administrative code of the city of New York
2 is amended by adding a new chapter 13 to read as follows:
3 CHAPTER 13
4 COMMERCIAL LEASE CONTRACTS
5 § 22-1301 Definitions. As used in this chapter the following terms
6 have the following meanings:
7 1. "Written contract" means a commercial lease or lease for the
8 purposes of renting a commercial property, that shall be provided to a
9 commercial tenant as an official agreement on contract terms.
10 2. "Commercial tenant" means a lessee or entity that is entering an
11 agreement to rent and lawfully occupy the commercial property.
12 3. "Commercial lease" means a written contract provided on paper or
14 4. "Commercial property" means any non-residential real estate proper-
15 ty that is owned or used for business purposes.
16 5. "Property owner" means a person, landlord, owner, or entity that
17 owns or manages a commercial property.
18 § 22-1302 Commercial lease contract requirements. 1. A landlord shall
19 provide a written contract to a commercial tenant. Such written contract
20 must include, but is not limited to, the:
21 a. address of the property and a description of the space leased;
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 b. contact information for the property owner or manager and the
2 primary contact of the business, all contacts preferred by those parties
3 should be included on the lease, which shall not be limited to only one
5 c. term of the lease, with the date of commencement and date of termi-
6 nation of such term;
7 d. lease extension or renewal information if any renewal option is
8 provided with the date or dates on which such extension or renewal are
10 e. monthly rent and due date;
11 f. any terms that may result in termination of the written contract or
12 additional fees and charges;
13 g. explanation of any additional fees or charges, if any, such as
14 contribution to property taxes, insurance, maintenance, facade or struc-
15 tural repairs, or utilities, whether this is consecutive or a one-time
16 payment; and
17 h. all the responsibilities for the commercial tenant and the land-
18 lord, if any.
19 2. Commercial tenants may request that the start date of tenancy or
20 other relevant information to prove occupancy and duration thereof be
21 included or excluded in a written contract.
22 3. Commercial tenants have the right to, upon request, receive any
23 information listed under subdivision one of this section.
24 4. Commercial tenants who do not receive a written contract including
25 items required by this section shall be legally allowed to:
26 a. continue their tenancy until the contract is provided;
27 b. withhold rent payment after thirty days without a contract; and
28 c. suspend payment on the sixty-first day without a lease. Property
29 owners who do not provided a lease within sixty days forfeit the
30 payments for that time period prior and until the issuance of the lease.
31 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all
32 contracts entered into, renewed, modified or amended on or after such
33 effective date.