Establishes the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations
The purpose of this bill is to expand tenant protections by establishing the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 creates the crime of sabotage as an intent to impair habitability of a housing accommodation or utility with the intent to cause a rent regulated tenant to vacate.
Currently there is no existing law relating to sabotage of a rent regulated accommodation
The extent to which landlords go in their efforts to force tenants to vacate their homes cannot be overlooked.
These efforts have gone well beyond the scope of current penal law that protects tenants of rent regulated accommodations from harassment at the hands of landlords, to intentionally jeopardizing the safety and well being of residents.
This legislation will hold accountable, landlords who purposefully sabotage rental units in an effort to make the accommodations uninhabitable. The practice of sabotaging rent regulated accommodations, and or necessary utilities to and within these units, has escalated in both number and severity.
Recent reports range from intentionally disconnecting water, electric and heat to these units to undermining the structural integrity of floors and walls. This practice poses an immediate risk to residents of the units and many have to endure these conditions for extended periods of time.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6941 IN SENATE April 4, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 241.10 to read as follows: S 241.10 SABOTAGE OF RENT REGULATED ACCOMMODATION. AN OWNER IS GUILTY OF SABOTAGE OF A RENT REGULATED ACCOMMODATION WHEN, WITH INTENT TO CAUSE A RENT REGULATED TENANT TO VACATE A HOUSING ACCOM- MODATION, SUCH OWNER, OR AGENT UNDER INSTRUCTION OR CONTRACT OF THE OWNER: 1. WITH INTENT TO IMPAIR HABITABILITY OF A HOUSING ACCOMMODATION, CAUSES DAMAGE TO SUCH HOUSING ACCOMMODATION OR ANCILLARY UTILITY OR APPARATUS TO SUCH HOUSING ACCOMMODATION; OR 2. RECKLESSLY CAUSES DAMAGE TO SUCH HOUSING ACCOMMODATION OR ANCILLARY UTILITY OR APPARATUS TO SUCH HOUSING ACCOMMODATION. SABOTAGE OF A RENT REGULATED ACCOMMODATION IS A CLASS D FELONY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14553-01-4