Issues: Housing

New York City’s Illegal Non-Hotels

New York Times Editorial

The Web sites show happy young travelers bunking within a few blocks of Broadway. And they offer a place to stay in such a glamorous, expensive city for only $15 a night. The problem is that a growing number of these “hotels” are unsafe, unsanitary and illegal.

Rogue hotels offer a quick buck for the landlords and a problem for almost everybody else — other residents who need affordable housing, the neighborhood that needs stability, the city that loses on hotel taxes and often even the visitor who goes home grumbling.

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July 12, 2010
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KLEIN WARNS BRONX RESIDENTS AGAINST USING UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS

Helps Middletown Resident After Contractor Bails on Bathroom Remodel

 

State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) sent a warning to all Bronx residents this week as many prepare to hire contractors for home improvements and remodeling during the summer season. The warning - to stay away from using unlicensed contractors - comes on the heels of a nearly three month battle on behalf of a Middletown resident whose contractor left her with a half-finished bathroom.

 

July 8, 2010
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Foreclosure Prevention

News From Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: July 8, 2010Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senate Moves To Empower Homeowners Facing ForeclosureLaw penalizes lenders who fail to engage in good-faithforeclosure settlement negotiations

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) along with the State Senate has passed legislation (S.7798A) empowering homeowners facing foreclosure to take action when lenders fail to meet their obligation of entering into good-faith settlement negotiations at “settlement conferences.”

July 7, 2010
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New Bill Allows City to Crack Down on Illegal Hotels, Put an End to "Nightmare" Situation

ALBANY - A bill passed by the Legislature would give the city greater power to crack down on illegal hotels being run out of apartment buildings.

The bill is designed to thwart a growing problem of landlords renting apartments as hotel rooms to get more money than rent laws allow. It has led to the removal of thousands of apartments "from an already tight housing market," said state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), the bill's sponsor.

July 7, 2010
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July 2, 2010
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Illegal Hotels Bill Passes Legislature Bill to Protect Residents, Increase Apartment Availability

Tenants and tourists in New York City would be protected by a new law that will make it clear that operating a residential apartment as a transient hotel is illegal in New York City.  The bill (S6873/A10008), sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Richard N.

July 1, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Majority Requires Landlords To Disclose Bed Bug History To Potential Tenants

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation (S8130), sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens), to protect tenants from unknowingly moving into a property with a history of bed bug infestations. This legislation requires property owners or landlords within New York City to disclose infestation history to potential tenants prior to leasing. 

June 24, 2010
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“ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN LENDING” ACT PASSES BOTH HOUSES OF STATE LEGISLATURE

Legislation Will Level the Legal Playing Field for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

 

June 23, 2010
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Public Protection Budget Ensures Equal Justice For All New Yorkers

Majority adopts Interest On Lawyer Account funding in legislation

June 22, 2010
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No Rent Increases Will Keep Tenants in their Homes

Earlier this week, the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board voted against the proposal to increases rents on regulated apartments where tenants have one- and two-year leases. As a consistent and persistent advocate for tenants, I have worked with hundreds of constituents on housing issues, sponsored and attended community forums on tenants' rights, introduced major tenant protection legislation in the Senate, and, most recently, provided testimony to the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board urging them to avoid rent increases in Westchester County in 2010-11.

June 18, 2010
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Squadron/Bing Bill Prohibiting Housing Discrimination

Based on Tenant’s Source of Income Passes Senate

Legislation Will Make it Easier for New Yorkers with Disabilities to Find Housing

June 16, 2010
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Seniors First: Majority Passes Legislative Package Improving Quality Of Life For Seniors

The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of a comprehensive package of legislation expanding and increasing access to services for senior citizens.

June 16, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Senate Majority Conference Colleagues to Protect Tenants Against Housing Discrimination Based on the Source of Their Income

NYS Senator Eric Adams joined his Senate Majority Conference colleagues to pass S7613, making it illegal under the New York State Human Rights Law for landlords to discriminate based upon an individual’s source of income. 

June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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PROTECTING BRONX HOMEOWNERS

Klein Announces Victory with State Non-Solicitation Renewal

 

BRONX, NY – A longtime advocate for protecting homeowners orders from unscrupulous real estate brokers, State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) commended New York Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez on Thursday for placing local Community Boards 10, 11 and 12 under a renewed non-solicitation, cease-and-desist rule to defend Bronx homeowners against unwanted solicitation from realtors.

 

June 11, 2010
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan to Protect Loft Tenants Permanently, Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed in the Senate extending basic protections to those calling commercial loft space home.

June 9, 2010
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Senate Majority Ensures Affordable Housing For Loft Tenants

"Loft Law" Protects New York's Creative Community

June 9, 2010
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