senate Bill S3170

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits landlords from charging potential tenants application fees greater than the actual cost of a credit check or other related services paid by the landlord

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Jan 08, 2014 referred to judiciary
Jan 31, 2013 referred to judiciary

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S3170 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Real Property Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง220-a, RP L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S905
2009-2010: S4259C

S3170 - Summary

Allows landlords to charge potential tenants application fees no greater than the actual cost of a credit check or related services paid to a third party by the landlord.

S3170 - Sponsor Memo

S3170 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3170

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- 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 fees landlords may
  charge tenants

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

  Section  1.  The  real property law is amended by adding a new section
220-a to read as follows:
  S 220-A. APPLICATION FEES. 1. WHEREVER USED IN THIS SECTION:
  A. "APPLICATION FEE" MEANS ANY APPLICATION PROCESSING  FEE  OR  CREDIT
CHECK CHARGE OR SIMILAR CHARGE THAT A POTENTIAL TENANT MUST PAY OR IS IN
ANY  WAY  REQUESTED  TO  PAY TO A LANDLORD IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
RENTAL OR LEASE OF ANY REAL PROPERTY OR PORTION THEREOF USED  FOR  RESI-
DENTIAL PURPOSES.
  B.  "POTENTIAL  TENANT" MEANS ANY PERSON WITH AN INTENTION TO LEASE OR
RENT ANY REAL PROPERTY OR  PORTION  THEREOF  FOR  RESIDENTIAL  PURPOSES,
EXCLUDING  POTENTIAL  TENANT  SHAREHOLDERS OF COOPERATIVE HOUSING CORPO-
RATIONS.
  C. "LANDLORD" MEANS ANY OWNER, MANAGING AGENT OR PRIME LESSOR OF  REAL
PROPERTY  OR  ANY  REAL ESTATE BROKER, PROVIDED, THAT THIS SECTION SHALL
NOT LIMIT THE FEE THAT CAN BE LAWFULLY CHARGED BY  SUCH  BROKER  IF  THE
POTENTIAL TENANT ENTERS INTO A LEASE OR OCCUPIES REAL PROPERTY FOR RESI-
DENTIAL PURPOSES AS A RESULT OF THE BROKER'S SERVICES.
  2.  A  LANDLORD MAY CHARGE A POTENTIAL TENANT AN APPLICATION FEE EQUAL
TO THE ACTUAL COST OF A CREDIT CHECK OR OTHER RELATED SERVICES PAID  FOR
BY A LANDLORD TO A THIRD PARTY.
  3.  WHERE  A  LANDLORD  CHARGES  APPLICATION FEES IN VIOLATION OF THIS
SECTION, A POTENTIAL TENANT MAY FILE A COMPLAINT WITH  THE  DIVISION  OF
HOUSING  AND  COMMUNITY  RENEWAL.  UPON A FINDING BY THE DIVISION THAT A
LANDLORD HAS VIOLATED THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE DIVISION SHALL
IMPOSE A FINE OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A FIRST OR SECOND VIOLATION AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01790-01-3

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