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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to judiciary|
|Jan 31, 2013||referred to judiciary|
senate Bill S3163
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
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S3163 - Details
S3163 - Summary
Establishes it shall be unlawful for a person to have his or her application to rent or lease a residence to be denied due to a previous housing court proceeding; allows a person aggrieved to maintain a civil action.
S3163 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S3163 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property law, in relation to prohibiting certain prior housing court proceedings from being consid- ered by landlords in the lease of property for residential purposes PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To protect tenants from discrimination based on prior landlord-tenant litigation, or tenant screening reports, when applying for new housing. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill states the underlying legislative findings: that some landlords discriminate against some prospective tenants based on prior landlord-tenant litigation or based on tenant screening reports that are used to blacklist some tenants. Section 2 of the bill adds a new section 235-h to the Real Property Law ("RPL"). New RPL section 235-h(1) defines the following terms: housing accommodation, tenant screening report, person, and consumer reporting agency. New RPL section 235-h(2) makes it an unlawful practice to refuse to rent residential units based on information obtained from tenant screening reports or based on prior landlord-tenant litigation, or facts derived from such litigation, unless the tenant had a warrant of eviction issued against him or her and did not voluntarily enter into an agreement that would allow the warrant of eviction to be issued. New RPL
S3163 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 3163 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 31, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary AN ACT to amend the real property law, in relation to prohibiting certain prior housing court proceedings from being considered by land- lords in the lease of property for residential purposes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that some landlords refuse to offer available units because prospective tenants have previously been party to a judicial proceeding arising from a dispute between themselves and a prior landlord, and also finds that tenant screening reports are also being used by some landlords to inap- propriately blacklist some prospective tenants. The legislature believes that a tenant's prior appearance in a judicial proceeding is not worthy of consideration when a landlord is reviewing a prospective tenant's application, except under the limited circumstances permitted by this act. S 2. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 235-h to read as follows: S 235-H. UNLAWFUL REFUSAL TO RENT TO A PROSPECTIVE TENANT. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERMS: (A) "HOUSING ACCOMMODATION" INCLUDES ANY BUILDING, STRUCTURE, OR PORTION THEREOF WHICH IS USED OR OCCUPIED OR IS INTENDED, ARRANGED OR DESIGNED TO BE USED OR OCCUPIED, AS THE HOME, RESIDENCE OR SLEEPING PLACE OF ONE OR MORE HUMAN BEINGS. (B) "TENANT SCREENING REPORT" MEANS ANY WRITTEN, ORAL, OR OTHER COMMU- NICATION OF ANY INFORMATION BY A CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCY BEARING ON A CONSUMER'S CREDIT WORTHINESS, CREDIT STANDING, CREDIT CAPACITY, CHARAC- TER, GENERAL REPUTATION, PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS, HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH ANY HOUSING, CIVIL OR CRIMINAL COURT OF ANY STATE, OR MODE OF LIVING, WHICH IS USED FOR OR EXPECTED TO BE USED OR COLLECTED IN WHOLE EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01586-01-3
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