senate Bill S6941

Establishes the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations

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  • 04 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Establishes the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9297
Versions:
S6941
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §241.10, Pen L

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BILL NUMBER:S6941

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to
establishing the crime of sabotage of rent regulated accommodations

PURPOSE:

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.

EXISTING LAW:

Currently there is no existing law relating to sabotage of a rent
regulated accommodation

JUSTIFICATION:

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


Immediately.

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

                                  6941

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

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