Requires the NYC housing authority to provide a notice of termination meeting to an adult member of a household having an occupant age 62 or older.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to requiring the New York city housing authority to provide senior citizen tenants with adequate notice of meeting prior to termination
PURPOSE: To give elderly NYCHA residents adequate notice of and ability to respond to termination of tenancy proceedings.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision (a) of this bill would require that whenever the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) serves a household having a tenant or occupant of record age 62 or older, to include a written notification that the tenant has the opportunity to meet with an appropriate project manager or agent thereof regarding the termination of the tenancy. The project manager or agent shall be required to endeavor to schedule a meeting with such tenant within 7 days after service of the notice.
JUSTIFICATION: While NYCHA has termination of tenancy policies, many seniors, who have lived in NYCHA housing for decades, have faced sudden evictions without adequate knowledge about, notice of, or ability to respond to termination proceedings. Many of NYCHA's elderly residents suffer from disabilities or illnesses that require them to employ the aid of family members or legal representatives, or be provided more time than might otherwise be required to terminate tenancy. Recognizing that, while NYCHA may pursue legitimate breaches of tenancy agreements, this bill balances that interest with the fact that many NYCHA seniors have not been afforded the necessary opportunity to defend themselves against termination of tenancy proceedings. Given the serious implications of pushing elderly New Yorkers out of affordable housing, this bill gives more structure to termination of tenancy process as applied to seniors.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7578 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- 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, in relation to requiring the New York city housing authority to provide senior citizen tenants with adequate notice of meeting prior to termination THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public housing law is amended by adding a new section 402-c to read as follows: S 402-C. NOTICE OF MEETING PRIOR TO TERMINATION OF TENANCY. THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHENEVER IT SERVES A NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TENANCY ON A HOUSEHOLD HAVING A LEGAL OCCUPANT OF RECORD OVER THE AGE OF SIXTY-TWO YEARS, SHALL INCLUDE WITH SUCH NOTICE A NOTIFICATION THAT THE TENANT OR TENANTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH AN APPROPRIATE PROJECT MANAGER OR AGENT THEREOF TO DISCUSS THE TERMINATION OF TENANCY. A PROJECT MANAGER OF THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY OR AN AGENT THEREOF SHALL ATTEMPT TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH THE TENANT OR TENANTS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TENANCY IS SERVED. NONE OF THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO CREATE ANY DEFENSE BY SUCH TENANT OR TENANTS TO SUCH TERMINATION IN ADDITION TO THOSE OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13883-04-4