Bill S1823-2013

Defines probable aggregate annual income for the tenant's eligibility under guidelines set for housing authority

Defines "probable aggregate annual income" for purposes of determining eligibility for limited profit and limited dividend housing companies, as the annual net income after federal, state and municipal income taxes are deducted from gross income of the chief wage earner.

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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:S1823

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law and the private housing finance law, in relation to defining probable aggregate annual income

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To use the net income of the chief wage earner to determine rent levels for limited-profit and limited-dividend housing companies.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The closing paragraph of subdivision one, Section 156 of the Public Housing Law is amended to exclude federal, state, and municipal taxes from the probable aggregate annual income of the chief wage earner, in determining eligibility for occupancy in limited-profit and limited-dividend housing.

JUSTIFICATION: In view of inflation and rising rent levels, a person's gross income is not reflective of his actual income. This bill will make rent levels proportionate to what an individual realistically makes. This legislation is necessary to eliminate certain hardships imposed upon tenants who are hardest bit in today's inflationary spiral.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: A.833- Referred to Housing 2007-08: A.3103- Referred to Housing 2005-06: A.1431- Referred to Housing 2403-04: A.3028- Referred to Housing 2401-02: A.1164 - Referred to Housing 1999-00: A.2021- Referred to Housing

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1823 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- 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 public housing law and the private housing finance law, in relation to defining probable aggregate annual income THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The closing paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 156 of the public housing law, as amended by chapter 893 of the laws of 1974, is amended to read as follows: The "probable aggregate annual income" means the annual NET income [of the chief wage earner of the family] AFTER FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL INCOME TAXES ARE DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS INCOME OF THE CHIEF WAGE EARNER plus all other income of other members of the family over the age of twenty-one years, plus a proportion of the income of members under the age of twenty-one years to be determined by the authority solely for the purpose of establishing rent to be paid except that the authority may exclude a proportion of the income of other members of the family over the age of twenty-one years for the purpose of determining eligibility for admission or continued occupancy, or for establishing rental of such family, or for all such purposes, subject to approval by the commission- er with respect to state projects. S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 2 of section 31 of the private hous- ing finance law, as amended by chapter 260 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows: (a) The dwelling or non-housekeeping accommodations without board in a company project shall be available for persons or families of low income whose probable aggregate annual income at the time of admission and during the period of occupancy does not exceed, the greater of (i) the median income for such persons or families for the metropolitan statis-
tical area in which the project is located, or if a project is located outside a metropolitan statistical area, the median income for such persons or families for the county in which the project is located, as most recently determined by the United States department of housing and urban development, in which case any person or family becoming eligible for admission pursuant to this subparagraph shall pay, from the time of admission, a rental surcharge as provided for in subdivision three of this section, computed on the basis of the income limitations applicable to such persons or families in the absence of this subparagraph, or (ii) seven times the rental, including the value or cost to them of heat, light, water and cooking fuel, of the dwellings that may be furnished to such persons or families, except that in the case of families with three or more dependents, such ratio shall not exceed eight to one. The "prob- able aggregate annual income" in the case of dwelling accommodations means the annual NET income [of the chief wage earner of the family] AFTER FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL INCOME TAXES ARE DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS INCOME OF THE CHIEF WAGE EARNER, plus all other income of other members of the family over the age of twenty-one years, plus a propor- tion of income of gainfully employed members under the age of twenty-one years, the proportion to be determined by the company as approved by the commissioner or the supervising agency, as the case may be, excluding therefrom a deduction of fifteen thousand dollars from the income of secondary wage earners of the family or a larger deduction if approved by the commissioner or the supervising agency, as the case may be, except that the company, as approved by the commissioner or the super- vising agency, as the case may be, may exclude a proportion of the income of other members of the family over the age of twenty-one years for the purpose of determining eligibility for admission or continued occupancy, or for establishing the rental of such family, or for all such purposes; in the case of such non-housekeeping accommodations it means the annual income of the occupant, provided that the commissioner or supervising agency, as the case may be, may make rules and regu- lations relative to the allocation of the income of a family among the members thereof for the purpose of determining the income attributable to such occupant. S 3. Subdivision 5 of section 85-a of the private housing finance law, as amended by chapter 182 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: 5. The "probable aggregate annual income" means the annual NET income [of the chief wage earner of the family] AFTER FEDERAL, STATE AND MUNIC- IPAL INCOME TAXES ARE DEDUCTED FROM THE GROSS INCOME OF THE CHIEF WAGE EARNER plus all other income of members of the family over the age of twenty-one years, plus a proportion of the income of members under the age of twenty-one years to be determined by the commissioner, excluding therefrom a deduction of fifteen thousand dollars from the income of secondary wage earners of the family or a larger deduction if approved by the commissioner or the supervising agency, as the case may be, except that the company, as approved by the commissioner, may exclude a proportion of the income of other members of the family over the age of twenty-one years for the purpose of determining eligibility for admis- sion or continued occupancy, or for establishing the rental of such family, or for all such purposes. S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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