Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords or lessors, upon request of prospective tenants or lessees, information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential rental premises; provides that such information shall be furnished without any charge or fee.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to making gas and electric billing information for residential rental premises available upon request
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires gas and electric utility companies to make available to any landlord and lessor of residential rental premises, upon the request of a prospective tenant or lessor of a residential unit, information concerning gas and electric charges incurred from prior occupants of the dwelling.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The public service law is amended by adding a new section 66-m to require gas and electric utilities to make available to persons upon request information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential premises. The bill also stipulates that only billing information be made available and that no identifying information is to be provided.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, gas and electric companies have stopped providing billing information to potential tenants and homeowners who wish to move into a residential dwelling. This prevents them from inquiring about the costs associated with heating a potential residence. People should have the right to inquire from a gas and electric company the amount of the bills being paid for heat and electric service by the prior customer before they move into a residence. They should not have to rely on a landlord or homeowner's word about how much it costs to heat a residence.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.5049 (2007-08): Referred to Energy and Telecommunications A.9711 (2005-06): Referred to Rules A.4794 (2003-04): Referred to Corps A.1967 (2001-02): Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the public service commission is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1878--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 13, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, HUNTLEY, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to making gas and electric billing information for residential rental premises available upon request THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 66-m to read as follows: S 66-M. GAS AND ELECTRIC BILLING INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PREMISES. EVERY GAS CORPORATION, ELECTRIC CORPORATION, AND MUNICIPALITY SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE TO ANY LANDLORD OR LESSOR OF RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PREMISES, WITHIN TEN DAYS OF RECEIPT OF A WRITTEN REQUEST THEREFOR FROM ANY PROSPECTIVE TENANT OR LESSEE THEREOF, PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF TENANCY OR EXECUTION OF A LEASE, INFORMATION CONSISTING OF THE CHARGES INCURRED AT SUCH PREMISES FOR GAS OR ELECTRIC SERVICE OR BOTH FOR THE LIFE OF THE DWELLING UNIT OR THE PRECEDING TWO YEAR PERIOD, WHICHEVER IS SHORTER. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE IDENTIFIED SOLELY BY THE ADDRESS OF THE DWELLING UNIT, AND NO OTHER INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE OWNER, LESSEE, OR OTHER OCCUPANT OF THE DWELLING UNIT SHALL BE UTILIZED FOR, OR MADE AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH, THE FURNISHING OF BILLING INFORMATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE FURNISHED TO BOTH THE LANDLORD OR LESSOR AND TO THE PROSPECTIVE TENANT OR LESSEE WITHOUT THE IMPOSITION OF ANY CHARGE OR FEE THEREFOR BY ANY PARTY TO ANY PARTY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided that the public service commission is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06297-02-1