senate Bill S1736

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords upon request information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential premises

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S1736 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3552
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง66-n, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1878A, A3780A
2009-2010: S8097, A5691

S1736 - Bill Texts

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Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords or lessors, upon request of prospective tenants or lessees, information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential rental premises; provides that such information shall be furnished without any charge or fee.

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BILL NUMBER:S1736

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to making gas and electric
billing information for residential rental
premises available upon request

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires gas and electric utility companies to make available to any
landlord and lessor of residential rental premises, upon the request
of a prospective tenant or lessor of a residential unit, information
concerning gas and electric charges incurred from prior occupants of
the dwelling.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The public service law is amended by adding a new section 66-n to
require gas and electric utilities to make available to persons upon
request information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for
residential premises. The bill also stipulates that only billing
information be made available and that no identifying information is
co be provided.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, gas and electric companies have stopped providing billing
information to potential tenants and homeowners who wish to move into
a residential dwelling. This prevents them from inquiring about the
costs associated with heating a potential residence. People should
have the right to inquire from a gas and electric company the amount
of the bills being paid for heat and electric service by the prior
customer before they move into a residence. They should not have to
rely on a landlord or homeowner's word about how much it costs to
heat a residence.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.5049 (2007-08): Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
A.9711 (2005-06): Referred to Rules
A.4794 (2003-04): Referred to Corps
A.1967 (2001-02): Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law: provided that the public service commission
is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and
take any other measures necessary to implement this act on its
effective date on or before such date.

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

                                  1736

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ESPAILLAT,  KRUEGER,  MONTGOMERY, PERKINS -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Energy and Telecommunications

AN  ACT  to  amend the public service law, in relation to making gas and
  electric billing information for residential rental premises available
  upon request

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

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
66-n to read as follows:
  S 66-N. GAS AND ELECTRIC BILLING INFORMATION  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  RENTAL
PREMISES.  EVERY  GAS CORPORATION, ELECTRIC CORPORATION AND MUNICIPALITY
SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE TO ANY LANDLORD OR  LESSOR  OF  RESIDENTIAL  RENTAL
PREMISES,  WITHIN TEN DAYS OF RECEIPT OF A WRITTEN REQUEST THEREFOR FROM
ANY PROSPECTIVE TENANT OR LESSEE THEREOF, PRIOR TO THE  COMMENCEMENT  OF
TENANCY  OR  EXECUTION OF A LEASE, INFORMATION CONSISTING OF THE CHARGES
INCURRED AT SUCH PREMISES FOR GAS OR ELECTRIC SERVICE OR  BOTH  FOR  THE
LIFE OF THE DWELLING UNIT OR THE PRECEDING TWO YEAR PERIOD, WHICHEVER IS
SHORTER.  SUCH  INFORMATION SHALL BE IDENTIFIED SOLELY BY THE ADDRESS OF
THE DWELLING UNIT, AND  NO  OTHER  INFORMATION  IDENTIFYING  THE  OWNER,
LESSEE, OR OTHER OCCUPANT OF THE DWELLING UNIT SHALL BE UTILIZED FOR, OR
MADE AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH, THE FURNISHING OF BILLING INFORMATION
PURSUANT  TO  THIS SECTION.  SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE FURNISHED TO BOTH
THE LANDLORD OR LESSOR AND TO THE PROSPECTIVE TENANT OR  LESSEE  WITHOUT
THE IMPOSITION OF ANY CHARGE OR FEE THEREFOR BY ANY PARTY TO ANY PARTY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall have become a law; provided that the public service commission
is authorized to  promulgate any and all rules and regulations and  take
any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date
on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02874-01-3

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