Requires owners or lessors to provide bedbug infestation history for the previous year to any lessee of real property within New York city before the lease of such property.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (1): Morahan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring owners or landlords of a property within the city of New York to disclose bedbug infestation history of such property before it is leased
PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to offer prospective tenants information on prior bedbug infestations within the property in question.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill will amend, the administrative code of the city of New York to add new section 27-2018.1, Notice of Infestation History:
a. For housing accommodations subject to this code, an owner shall furnish to each tenant signing a vacancy, lease, a notice in a form promulgated or approved by the state division of housing and community renewal that sets forth the property's bedbug infestation history for the previous year regarding the premises rented by the tenant and the building in which the premises are located.
b. Upon written complaint, in a form promulgated or approved by the division of housing and community renewal, by the tenant that he or she was not furnished with a copy of the notice required pursuant to subdivision a of this section, the division of housing and community renewal shall order the owner to furnish the notice.
JUSTIFICATION: Prospective tenants have a right to access relevant documentation regarding the history of bedbugs within their new living spaces. This information is essential to making an informed decision and should not be withheld from consumers. Should a prospective landlord refuse to supply this information, they should be compelled to provide it.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8130 IN SENATE June 10, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- 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 administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring owners or landlords of a property within the city of New York to disclose bedbug infestation history of such prop- erty before it is leased THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-2018.1 to read as follows: S 27-2018.1 NOTICE OF BEDBUG INFESTATION HISTORY. A. FOR HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS SUBJECT TO THIS CODE, AN OWNER SHALL FURNISH TO EACH TENANT SIGNING A VACANCY LEASE, A NOTICE IN A FORM PROMULGATED OR APPROVED BY THE STATE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL THAT SETS FORTH THE PROPERTY'S BEDBUG INFESTATION HISTORY FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR REGARDING THE PREMISES RENTED BY THE TENANT AND THE BUILDING IN WHICH THE PREMISES ARE LOCATED. B. UPON WRITTEN COMPLAINT, IN A FORM PROMULGATED OR APPROVED BY THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, BY THE TENANT THAT HE OR SHE WAS NOT FURNISHED WITH A COPY OF THE NOTICE REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBDI- VISION A OF THIS SECTION, THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL SHALL ORDER THE OWNER TO FURNISH THE NOTICE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16363-06-0