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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to housing, construction and community development|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to housing, construction and community development|
senate Bill S1254
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1254 - Details
S1254 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1254 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the multiple residence law and the multiple dwelling law, in relation to the correction of habitability-impairing conditions by the tenant PURPOSE: To allow tenants in multiple dwellings to pay for repairs and deduct such payments from their rent. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The multiple dwelling law is amended to allow any tenant, acting alone or together with other tenants of the same multiple dwelling, where there exists one or more habitability-impairing conditions due to the landlord's failure to repair the premises, to contract for the repair of these conditions under specific guidelines. Once the repairs are completed, the tenant may then deduct the cost of the repairs from the next month's rent. JUSTIFICATION: Very often tenants find it impossible to obtain needed repairs from a landlord even under a court order. This bill would allow the rent roll to be used for the operation and maintenance of the building under very restricted conditions. It would also help to stop deterioration of housing stock.
S1254 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1254 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SERRANO, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Communi- ty Development AN ACT to amend the multiple residence law and the multiple dwelling law, in relation to the correction of habitability-impairing condi- tions by the tenant THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The multiple residence law is amended by adding a new section 305-b to read as follows: S 305-B. RIGHT OF TENANT TO OFFSET PAYMENTS FOR HABITABILITY-IMPAIRING CONDITIONS; CERTAIN CASES. 1. ANY TENANT ACTING ALONE OR TOGETHER WITH OTHER TENANTS OF A MULTIPLE DWELLING WHEREIN THERE EXISTS ONE OR MORE HABITABILITY-IMPAIRING CONDITIONS DUE TO THE OWNER'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE PREMISES, MAY CONTRACT AND PAY FOR THE CORRECTION OF SUCH CONDITION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. ANY PAYMENT SO MADE SHALL BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM RENT PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLIED WITH BY THE TENANT OR SOMEONE ACTING ON HIS OR HER BEHALF: A. THE LANDLORD OR HIS OR HER AGENT WAS GIVEN AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE THAT ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN UNDER THIS SECTION IF CORREC- TIVE MEASURES WERE NOT RENDERED. B. REASONABLE EFFORTS WERE MADE TO HAVE THE CONDITION REMEDIED BY THE LANDLORD'S USUAL TRADESMAN, IF KNOWN TO THE TENANT. C. REPAIR OF THE CONDITION WAS MADE BY A TRADESMAN REGULARLY ENGAGED IN THE APPROPRIATE TRADE AT A REASONABLE PRICE. D. THE CONTRACTOR PROVIDED A WRITTEN STATEMENT CONTAINING THE FOLLOW- ING: (1) THE NAME OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO REQUESTED THE SERVICES; AND EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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