STATE OF NEW YORK
2019-2020 Regular Sessions
February 5, 2019
Introduced by M. of A. HUNTER -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the real property law, in relation to requiring land-
lords to ensure rental properties are equipped with utility services
prior to renting such properties
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 235-b of the real property law is amended by adding
2 a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
3 4. The landlord shall not rent nor lease any property to a tenant or
4 tenants unless such property is in compliance with the New York state
5 uniform fire prevention and building code act described in article eigh-
6 teen of the executive law, specifically that utility services are made
7 available to such dwelling. A landlord's failure to be in compliance
8 with such act prior to rental or lease of such property, shall result in
9 penalties pursuant to sections 145.15 and 145.20 of the penal law.
10 § 2. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 235-h to
11 read as follows:
12 § 235-h. Duty of landlord to keep utility services connected in
13 between tenants. 1. A landlord shall participate in any voluntary
14 program offered by the utility company that services their rented or
15 leased property that would revert all utility accounts to the landlord's
16 name and keep utility services connected in between tenants.
17 2. This section shall not apply if the utility company in the rented
18 or leased property's area does not offer such a program.
19 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.