senate Bill S1808

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits warehousing of housing accommodations and harassment of tenants; provides penalties therefor

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to housing, construction and community development
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S1808 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3893
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd §§26-412 & 26-516, NYC Ad Cd; amd §12, Emerg Ten Prot Act of 1974
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S3154, S6391, A4645
2009-2010: S373, A8290

S1808 - Summary

Provides that civil penalties may be levied against an owner who intentionally withholds a housing accommodation from the market, including for the purpose of future co-operative conversion.

S1808 - Sponsor Memo

S1808 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  1808

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed  to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and
  Community Development

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and  the
  emergency  tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four, in relation
  to warehousing of housing accommodations and penalties therefor

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

  Section 1.  Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds and
declares  that  each person in the state shall have a right to be housed
and that such right to housing is a basic human right.
  The legislature further finds and declares that the practice of "ware-
housing", that is of intentionally  withholding  housing  accommodations
from  the  housing  market,  including the withholding of apartments for
purposes of future co-operative apartment  conversion,  has  contributed
significantly  to  the  shortage of housing in this state, especially in
the city of New York.
  The legislature further finds and declares that the practice of  ware-
housing  has  violated  the right to housing of many of the citizens and
residents of this state.
  It is thus the intent of the legislature to eliminate the practice  of
warehousing by providing strong penalties to deter such practice.
  S 2. Section 26-412 of the administrative code of the city of New York
is amended by adding a new subdivision g to read as follows:
  G. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL TO HARASS A TENANT TO OBTAIN VACANCY OF HIS OR
HER  HOUSING  ACCOMMODATION  OR TO HAVE INTENTIONALLY WITHHELD A HOUSING
ACCOMMODATION FROM THE MARKET, INCLUDING WITHHOLDING SUCH  ACCOMMODATION
FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF FUTURE CO-OPERATIVE APARTMENT CONVERSION.  FOR THE
PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION,  HARASSMENT  CONSISTS  OF  ENGAGING  IN  A
COURSE OF CONDUCT OR REPEATEDLY COMMITTING ACTS WHICH ALARM OR SERIOUSLY

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

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