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Bill S1733-2013

Relates to surcharges for the installation or use of certain appliances in housing accommodations subject to rent control

Prohibits the imposition of any surcharge for the installation or use of a tenant-installed appliance where the tenant pays for electric utility service.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S1733

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to surcharges for the installation or use of certain appliances in housing accommodations subject to rent control

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will prohibit the imposition of any surcharge for the installation or use of a tenant-installed appliance.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill amends section (1) of the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section (26-416) that prohibits the imposition of any surcharge fox the installation ox use of a tenant-installed appliance.

JUSTIFICATION: On March 24, 2005 the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal issued Operational Bulletin 2005-1 which states that in both rent controlled and rent stabilized apartments, when a tenant requests permission to install a washer, dryer, or dishwasher, the owner can collect a surcharge for- each appliance. This action was purportedly taken in order to account for the increased wear on plumbing and the increased utility costs paid by landlords, but these costs are already taken into account when calculating rent. Because these costs are already accounted for in the rent itself, and this action has the likely effect of increasing disputes between landlords and tenants, this bill is necessary to prohibit appliance surcharges.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: A.1127 - Advanced to 3rd Reading Cal. No 734 2007-08: A.3643 - Referred to Housing 2005-06: A.8264 - Referred to Housing

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided that section 26-416 of the city rent and rehabilitation law as added by section one of this act shall remain in full force and effect only as long as the public emergency requiring the regulation and control of residential rents and evictions continues, as provided in subdivision 3 of section 1 of the local emergency housing rent control act.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1733 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to surcharges for the installation or use of certain appli- ances in housing accommodations subject to rent control THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 26-416 to read as follows: S 26-416 SURCHARGES FOR TENANT-INSTALLED APPLIANCES. THE IMPOSITION OF ANY SURCHARGE FOR THE INSTALLATION OR USE OF A TENANT-INSTALLED APPLI- ANCE IS PROHIBITED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that section 26-416 of the city rent and rehabilitation law as added by section one of this act shall remain in full force and effect only as long as the public emergency requiring the regulation and control of residential rents and evictions continues, as provided in subdivision 3 of section 1 of the local emergency housing rent control act.

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