senate Bill S427

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes appearance by a tenant in the housing part without counsel

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to judiciary
Jan 09, 2013 referred to judiciary

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S427 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
New York City Civil Court Act
Laws Affected:
Amd §110, NYC Civ Ct Act
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1323
2009-2010: S1648

S427 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes any tenant who is party to an action in housing part to be represented by a person who is not an attorney, provided consent for such representation is made on the record; prohibits such person is prohibited from consenting to an entry of a judgment against such tenant and such person may not receive a fee or other remuneration for such representation.

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BILL NUMBER:S427

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the New York city civil court act, in relation to
authorizing appearance without counsel within the housing part

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation enables a tenant to bring or delegate a representative
in housing court when they are unable to attend a hearing themselves.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Legislation would allow for a delegated party to represent a tenant
in Housing Court and that representative shall be delegated by the
tenant.

JUSTIFICATION:
Tenants who are faced with conflicting responsibilities or
situations which can make attending housing court problematic
should be allowed to bring or delegate a representative in
housing court. Allowing a representative in housing court would
prevent a tenant from facing possible eviction and homelessness.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011/12 - S.1323
2009/10 - S.1648/A.2376

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First day of September following enactment.

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

                                   427

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DILAN  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the New York  city  civil  court  act,  in  relation  to
  authorizing appearance without counsel within the housing part

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

  Section 1. Section 110 of the New York city civil court act is amended
by adding a new subdivision (q) to read as follows:
  (Q) ANY TENANT WHO IS A PARTY MAY BE REPRESENTED IN THE  HOUSING  PART
BY  COUNSEL  OR  BY  SUCH  OTHER  PERSON DESIGNATED IN WRITING OR ON THE
RECORD TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF SUCH TENANT,  TRANSLATE  FOR  SUCH  TENANT,
AND/OR TO MAKE ANY APPLICATION, INCLUDING AN APPLICATION FOR ADJOURNMENT
ON BEHALF OF SUCH TENANT, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT SUCH DESIGNATED REPRE-
SENTATIVE  IF  NOT  AUTHORIZED  TO PRACTICE LAW SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM
ACCEPTING ANY FEE, COMPENSATION OR OTHER REMUNERATION FOR SUCH REPRESEN-
TATION SERVICES. NOTHING IN  THIS  SUBDIVISION  SHALL  BE  CONSTRUED  TO
AUTHORIZE  SUCH DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE TO CONSENT TO THE ENTRY OF ANY
JUDGMENT AGAINST THE TENANT.
  S 2. This act shall  take  effect  on  the  first  of  September  next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law and shall govern
all actions or proceedings commenced on or after such date.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00408-01-3

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