senate Bill S1218

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for annual adjustment of the maximum income threshold for eligibility for the senior citizens' rent increase exemption by any increase in the consumer price

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S1218 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1790
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Real Property Tax Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§467-b & 467-c, RPT L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1372, A9070
2009-2010: S1134, A5689

S1218 - Bill Texts

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Provides for annual adjustment by the commissioner of housing and community renewal of the maximum income threshold for eligibility for the senior citizens' rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and for the municipal property tax abatement for rent-controlled and rent regulated property occupied by senior citizens by any increase in the consumer price index (CPI).

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BILL NUMBER:S1218

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation
to increasing the combined household income limit for eligibility for
a senior citizen rent increase exemption (SCRIE) and for a municipal
property tax abatement for rent-controlled and rent regulated property
occupied by senior citizens on the basis of the consumer price index

PURPOSE:
Increases the maximum income allowable for the senior citizen rent
increase exemption (SCRIE) annually to reflect increases in the
regional Consumer Price Index (CPI).

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of this legislation amends paragraph a of subdivision 3 of
§ 467-b of the Real Tax Property Law by directing the commissioner of
the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to annually
increase the maximum income allowable for the tax abatement based on
the regional CPI.

Section two amends paragraph d of subdivision 1 of § 467-c of the Real
Property Tax law, changing the "eligible head of household" definition
to reflect such an increase.

JUSTIFICATION:
The "Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption" program (SCRIE) grants
certain exemptions from rent increases to tenants who are senior
citizens.

This legislation will ensure that senior citizens are not displaced
from their homes due to increased rent costs. As rents increase, the
SCRIE program stabilizes the amount that eligible seniors pay so they
can afford to remain in their homes. Annually increasing the income
level for senior citizens eligible for SCRIE would allow many more
seniors to benefit from this program.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To Be Determined.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-12: S.1372 - Referred to Aging
2009-10: S.1134 - Referred to Aging; Finance
2007-08: S.2925 - Referred to Aging
2005-06: S.956 - Referred to Aging; Motion to Petition Lost 4/11/05
2003-04: S.2187 - Referred to Aging
2002: S.5660 - Referred to Aging

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Takes effect immediately upon enactment.

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

                                  1218

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  PERKINS,  DIAZ, DILAN, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER,
  MONTGOMERY, PARKER, STAVISKY -- read twice and  ordered  printed,  and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging

AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation to increasing the
  combined  household  income limit for eligibility for a senior citizen
  rent increase exemption (SCRIE)   and for  a  municipal  property  tax
  abatement  for rent-controlled and rent regulated property occupied by
  senior citizens on the basis of the consumer price index

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 467-b of the real
property tax law, as separately amended by chapters 188 and 205  of  the
laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
  a.  for  a  dwelling  unit where the head of the household is a person
sixty-two years of age or older, no tax abatement shall  be  granted  if
the  combined  income of all members of the household for the income tax
year immediately preceding the date of making application  exceeds  four
thousand  dollars,  or such other sum not more than twenty-five thousand
dollars beginning July first, two  thousand  five,  twenty-six  thousand
dollars  beginning  July  first, two thousand six, twenty-seven thousand
dollars beginning July first, two thousand seven, twenty-eight  thousand
dollars  beginning July first, two thousand eight, and twenty-nine thou-
sand dollars beginning July first, two thousand nine, as may be provided
by the local law, ordinance  or  resolution  adopted  pursuant  to  this
section, provided that when the head of the household retires before the
commencement of such income tax year and the date of filing the applica-
tion,  the  income  for such year may be adjusted by excluding salary or
earnings and projecting his or her retirement  income  over  the  entire
period  of  such year.  THE MAXIMUM INCOME THRESHOLD PROVIDED FOR HEREIN
SHALL BE INCREASED BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE DIVISION OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02025-01-3

S. 1218                             2

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL  ON JANUARY FIRST OF EACH YEAR TO  REFLECT
ANY  INCREASE  IN  THE  REGIONAL  CONSUMER  PRICE  INDEX  FOR  THE N.Y.,
N.Y.-NORTHEASTERN, N.J. AREA, BASED UPON THE INDEX FOR ALL URBAN CONSUM-
ERS (CPI-U) DURING THE PRECEDING TWELVE MONTH PERIOD.
  S 2. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 467-c of the real proper-
ty tax law, as separately amended by chapters 188 and 205 of the laws of
2005, is amended to read as follows:
  d.  "Eligible  head of the household" means (1) a person or his or her
spouse who is sixty-two years of age or older and  is  entitled  to  the
possession  or  to  the  use and occupancy of a dwelling unit, provided,
however, with respect to a dwelling which  was  subject  to  a  mortgage
insured  or  initially  insured  by  the  federal government pursuant to
section two hundred thirteen of the National  Housing  Act,  as  amended
"eligible  head of the household" shall be limited to that person or his
or her spouse who was entitled to possession or the use and occupancy of
such dwelling unit at the time of  termination  of  such  mortgage,  and
whose  income  when combined with the income of all other members of the
household, does not exceed six thousand five  hundred  dollars  for  the
taxable  period,  or  such  other  sum  not less than sixty-five hundred
dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars beginning July first,
two thousand five, twenty-six thousand dollars beginning July first, two
thousand six, twenty-seven thousand dollars beginning  July  first,  two
thousand  seven, twenty-eight thousand dollars beginning July first, two
thousand eight, and twenty-nine thousand dollars beginning  July  first,
two thousand nine, as may be provided by local law; or (2) a person with
a disability as defined in this subdivision.  THE MAXIMUM INCOME THRESH-
OLD  PROVIDED FOR HEREIN SHALL BE INCREASED BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER
OF THE STATE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL  ON JANUARY FIRST
OF EACH YEAR TO REFLECT ANY INCREASE  IN  THE  REGIONAL  CONSUMER  PRICE
INDEX  FOR  THE N.Y., N.Y.-NORTHEASTERN, N.J. AREA, BASED UPON THE INDEX
FOR ALL URBAN CONSUMERS (CPI-U) DURING THE PRECEDING TWELVE MONTH  PERI-
OD.
  S  3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend-
ment to paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 467-b of the real  prop-
erty  tax law made by section one of this act shall not affect the expi-
ration of such section pursuant to section 17 of chapter 576 of the laws
of 1974, as amended, and shall be deemed to expire therewith.

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