Requires leases in cities with a population of one million or more to contain a rider describing the rights and duties with regards to the housing part of such city's housing part of civil court; directs the office of court administration to conduct a public information program informing tenants of their rights and of the right to utilize the housing of the civil court.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property law, in relation to notice of the rights and duties of owners and tenants in cities with a population of one million or more
PROVISIONS: Section 235-h added to the real property law directing owners of residential real property in cities of populations of one million or more to furnish each tenant signing a new or renewal lease with a rider describing the rights and duties of owners and tenants in the housing part of the civil court in such city. The new section also directs landlords to add language to the lease alerting tenants to the inclusion of the rider. The rider shall he a standard form to be written by the Office of Court Administration. The Office of Court Administration is further directed to conduct a public information program informing tenants of their rights and of their right to utilize the housing of the Civil Court.
JUSTIFICATION: Many of New York City's tenants continue to be unaware of their substantial rights as tenants and thus are at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords. Few tenants know how to begin the process of dealing with a landlord in violation of the city's housing codes or ordinances. This bill promotes tenants' self advocacy leading to greater compliance by landlords with the New York City housing codes and regulations.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1999-2000: S.5133 Died in Committee 2001-2002: S.2328 Died in Committee 2003-2004: S.3007 Died in Committee 2005-2006: S.1795 Died in Committee 2007-2008: S.4767 Died in Committee 2009-2010: S.4148 Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined cost to the Office of Court Administration.
EFFECTIVE. DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 68 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, SERRANO -- 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 notice of the rights and duties of owners and tenants in cities with a population of one million or more 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 235-h to read as follows: S 235-H. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF OWNERS AND TENANTS. 1. IN CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, EACH OWNER OF RESIDENTIAL REAL PROP- ERTY SHALL FURNISH TO EACH TENANT SIGNING A NEW OR RENEWAL LEASE, A RIDER DESCRIBING THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF OWNERS AND TENANTS IN THE HOUSING PART OF THE CIVIL COURT IN SUCH CITY. SUCH PUBLICATION SHALL CONFORM TO THE INTENT OF SECTION 5-702 OF THE GENERAL OBLIGATIONS LAW AND SHALL BE ATTACHED AS AN ADDENDUM TO THE LEASE. UPON THE FACE OF EACH LEASE, IN BOLD PRINT, SHALL APPEAR THE FOLLOWING: "ATTACHED TO THIS LEASE ARE THE PERTINENT RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING TENANTS AND LANDLORDS' RIGHTS WITH REGARDS TO THE HOUSING PART OF THE CIVIL COURT". 2. THE RIDER SHALL BE IN A FORM PROMULGATED BY THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION IN LARGER TYPE THAN THE LEASE AND SHALL BE UTILIZED AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. 3. THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION SHALL PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT A PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, USING THE WRITTEN MEDIA, RADIO AND TELE- VISION, THE PURPOSE OF WHICH SHALL BE TO INFORM TENANTS OF ALL OF THEIR RIGHTS AS TENANTS, AND OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE HOUSING PART OF SUCH CITY'S CIVIL COURT SHOULD THEY BE AGGRIEVED. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01410-01-1