Requires landlords to furnish each tenant either renewing or entering into a lease with a rider describing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants; further requires the rider to conform to the intent of section 5-702 of the general obligations law.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property law, in relation to requiring a landlord to furnish to each tenant signing a new or renewal lease a rider describing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants
PURPOSE: To provide an additional protection to tenants by supplying them with a "Renters Bill of Rights," which will describe the rights and duties of tenants and landlords.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would add a new section 223-c to the Real Property Law which would require the landlord to furnish a rider to either a new or renewed lease, describing the rights and duties of both parties. The first page of the lease shall so state that the "Renters Bill of Rights" is attached. The rider shall be printed in larger type than the lease and shall conform to the intent of Section 5-702 of the General Obligations Law.
JUSTIFICATION: There are numerous tenants who are unaware of their rights as renters. In addition, many times a conflict arises as a result of ignorance on the part of both the tenant and the landlord. By issuing a "Renters Bill of Rights," the communication between renters and landlords will be facilitated. Also, this will provide tenants with added knowledge in reference to the laws that govern the dwelling that they rent.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012 - S.2827 - Died Housing 2009/2010 - S.3537 - Died Housing
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1168 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, ADAMS, BRESLIN, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SAMPSON, SERRANO, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the real property law, in relation to requiring a land- lord to furnish to each tenant signing a new or renewal lease a rider describing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 223-c to read as follows: S 223-C. RENTERS' BILL OF RIGHTS. 1. EACH LANDLORD SUBJECT UNDER THIS ARTICLE SHALL FURNISH TO EACH TENANT EITHER RENEWING OR ENTERING INTO A LEASE, A RIDER DESCRIBING THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES. THE LEASE SHALL HAVE IN BOLD PRINT APPEARING ON THE FIRST PAGE THE FOLLOWING: "ATTACHED TO THIS LEASE IS A 'RENTERS' BILL OF RIGHTS' WITH THE PERTINENT RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF LANDLORDS AND TENANTS." SUCH RIDER SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION REGARD- ING RELEVANT RENT CONTROL OR REGULATION, AS WELL AS THE APPROPRIATE ADMINISTRATIVE OR JUDICIAL BODY FOR HEARING AND DETERMINING POTENTIAL DISPUTES BETWEEN LANDLORD AND TENANT. 2. THE RIDER SHALL APPEAR IN LARGER TYPE THAN THE LEASE AND SHALL CONFORM TO THE INTENT OF SECTION 5-702 OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATIONS LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03298-01-3