senate Bill S4444B

Deems certain parcels of real property in the city of New York as legally non-complying buildings for purposes of compliance with the zoning resolution of such city

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  • 05 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CITIES
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 09 / May / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4444A
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CITIES
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4444B
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1432
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A6844B

Summary

Deems certain parcels of real property in the city of New York as legally non-complying buildings for purposes of compliance with the zoning resolution of such city.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6844B
Versions:
S4444
S4444A
S4444B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
New York City
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A6844

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BILL NUMBER:S4444B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
deeming certain parcels of real property
in the city of New York as legally non-complying buildings for purposes
of compliance with the zoning resolution of such city

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to permit the commissioner of the
department of buildings to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy
to residential condominiums when the building's owners have partially
completed the necessary work to achieve compliance with city building
codes.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1, Subsection vi. of this bill reads in part: "Such
commissioner is hereby authorized...to issue a temporary certificate
of occupancy for such building where plans and/or scope of work, was
found acceptable by the department of buildings by January 28, 2010,
and where items identified by the commissioner of buildings are
necessary for issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy
('partial compliance') have been completed in accordance with such
plans and/or scope of work."

JUSTIFICATION:
In the wake of the housing market boom, the rush to develop led to a
rash of hastily erected residential buildings, many of which were in
violation of city regulations. These developers, interested only in
cashing in on rapidly inflating property values, especially in
gentrifying neighborhoods, undertook building projects with a clear
disregard for future residents and their right to purchase property
in a legally sound and viable manner. As a result, innocent property
owners are left in tenuous housing situations through no fault of
their own.

For example, in 2005, residents of the Spencer Street Condominiums in
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, discovered after purchasing their units
that the building was in violation of city zoning and safety
regulations and thus did not qualify for a certificate of occupancy.
The lack of certificate of occupancy status, without which residents
cannot sell or refinance their units, has left these home buyers in a
troubling legal grey area where they are still forced to maintain
mortgage payments despite the uncertain future of their property.
This is patently unfair to these residents, who are not at all
complicit in the building owner's violations and had no way of
knowing their property would not be in compliance with legal
regulations at the time of purchase.

This bill would allow for temporary certificate of occupancy status for
these condominiums and others like them in a matter that is fair to
the owners, residents and the Department of Buildings by ensuring
that the required work is being undertaken for the building to come
into compliance with the relevant building code regulations.
Temporary certificate of occupancy status would pave the way for a


permanent certificate of occupancy, an end result that is beneficial
for all parties.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 4444--B                                            A. 6844--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                              April 5, 2011
                               ___________

IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities -- commit-
  tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
  mitted to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. JEFFRIES -- read once and referred
  to  the  Committee on Governmental Operations -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee  -- reported and referred to the Committee on Rules -- Rules
  Committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to the Committee on Rules

AN  ACT deeming certain parcels of real property in the city of New York
  as legally non-complying buildings for purposes of compliance with the
  zoning resolution of such city

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  When, in the city of New York a building containing eigh-
teen or more residential units which was constructed and occupied  as  a
residence prior to the effective date of this act:
  (i)  is  located  in  a  zoning  district  in which residential use is
permitted; and
  (ii) was initially occupied as a residence in accordance with a tempo-
rary certificate of occupancy issued by the department of  buildings  of
the city of New York on or before October 28, 2004; and
  (iii)  is  owned  in  accordance with a plan for condominium ownership
that was declared effective by the office of the attorney general on  or
before June 2, 2004; and
  (iv)  the attorney general has determined that the purchasers of resi-
dential units in such building acted in good  faith  and  in  reasonable

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08970-03-1

S. 4444--B                          2                         A. 6844--B

reliance  upon  the declaration of effectiveness of the condominium plan
for such building issued by the attorney general; and
  (v)  there has been a finding by the commissioner of buildings of such
city that as of January 28, 2010, the department of  buildings  reviewed
plans  and/or  a  scope of work that had been submitted on behalf of the
owners of such building to the department of buildings of such city  for
the  work  required to be performed for purposes of achieving compliance
with health and safety requirements of the 1968 New York  city  building
code,  such  plans and/or scope of work has been found acceptable to the
department; and
  (vi) the commissioner of buildings of such city  has  determined  that
notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  subdivision (i) of this section, a
certificate of occupancy of any type may not be issued for such building
under existing provisions of law by reason of the failure of such build-
ing to comply with certain provisions of the zoning  resolution  of  the
city  of New York, including those governing the maximum allowable floor
area for residential uses and the provisions of required parking;
such commissioner is hereby authorized, notwithstanding  the  provisions
of subdivision (vi) of this section, to issue a temporary certificate of
occupancy for such building where plans and/or a scope of work was found
acceptable  by such department by January 28, 2010 and where items iden-
tified by the commissioner of buildings as necessary for issuance  of  a
temporary  certificate of occupancy (hereinafter referred to in this act
as "partial compliance") have been completed  in  accordance  with  such
plans  and/or  scope  of work; provided that the chairperson of the city
planning commission of such city determines that (a) the use  and  occu-
pancy  of such building is not incompatible with uses and occupancies of
buildings located within the immediate vicinity of  such  building;  (b)
the  total  built  floor area of such building does not exceed the total
maximum floor area permitted for a use in  the  zoning  district  within
which  such building is located; and (c) provision of off-street parking
spaces under the zoning resolution of the city of New York is infeasible
given the configuration of the building; and provided, further, that the
commissioner of buildings of  the  city  of  New  York  determines  that
partial  compliance  was  completed  within three years of the effective
date of this act.
  S 2. In the event that the commissioner of buildings of  the  city  of
New  York  has found that partial compliance was completed in accordance
with approved plans within three years of the  effective  date  of  this
act,  and  all work set forth in approved plans is completed within five
years of the effective date of this act, such commissioner of  buildings
is hereby authorized to issue a permanent certificate of occupancy.
  S  3.  Upon  issuance  and  during  the period of effectiveness of any
certificate of occupancy issued pursuant to the provisions of this  act,
such  building  shall  be  deemed  a  legal  non-complying  building for
purposes of compliance with the provisions of the zoning  resolution  of
such city.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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