senate Bill S7578

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the NYC housing authority to provide a notice of termination meeting to an adult member of a household having an occupant age 62 or older

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May 15, 2014 referred to housing, construction and community development

S7578 - Bill Details

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Law Section:
Public Housing Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง402-c, Pub Hous L

S7578 - Bill Texts

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Requires the NYC housing authority to provide a notice of termination meeting to an adult member of a household having an occupant age 62 or older.

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BILL NUMBER:S7578

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to
requiring the New York city housing authority to provide senior
citizen tenants with adequate notice of meeting prior to termination

PURPOSE: To give elderly NYCHA residents adequate notice of and
ability to respond to termination of tenancy proceedings.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision (a) of this bill would
require that whenever the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
serves a household having a tenant or occupant of record age 62 or
older, to include a written notification that the tenant has the
opportunity to meet with an appropriate project manager or agent
thereof regarding the termination of the tenancy. The project manager
or agent shall be required to endeavor to schedule a meeting with such
tenant within 7 days after service of the notice.

JUSTIFICATION: While NYCHA has termination of tenancy policies, many
seniors, who have lived in NYCHA housing for decades, have faced
sudden evictions without adequate knowledge about, notice of, or
ability to respond to termination proceedings. Many of NYCHA's elderly
residents suffer from disabilities or illnesses that require them to
employ the aid of family members or legal representatives, or be
provided more time than might otherwise be required to terminate
tenancy. Recognizing that, while NYCHA may pursue legitimate breaches
of tenancy agreements, this bill balances that interest with the fact
that many NYCHA seniors have not been afforded the necessary
opportunity to defend themselves against termination of tenancy
proceedings. Given the serious implications of pushing elderly New
Yorkers out of affordable housing, this bill gives more structure to
termination of tenancy process as applied to seniors.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after
becoming law.

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

                                  7578

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  YOUNG  -- 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 public housing law, in relation to requiring the New
  York  city  housing  authority  to provide senior citizen tenants with
  adequate notice of meeting prior to termination

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

  Section  1.  The public housing law is amended by adding a new section
402-c to read as follows:
  S 402-C. NOTICE OF MEETING PRIOR TO TERMINATION OF  TENANCY.  THE  NEW
YORK  CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHENEVER IT SERVES A NOTICE OF TERMINATION
OF TENANCY ON A HOUSEHOLD HAVING A LEGAL OCCUPANT OF RECORD OVER THE AGE
OF SIXTY-TWO YEARS, SHALL INCLUDE WITH SUCH NOTICE A  NOTIFICATION  THAT
THE  TENANT  OR TENANTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH AN APPROPRIATE
PROJECT MANAGER OR AGENT THEREOF TO DISCUSS THE TERMINATION OF  TENANCY.
A  PROJECT  MANAGER  OF  THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY OR AN AGENT
THEREOF SHALL ATTEMPT TO SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH THE TENANT  OR  TENANTS
WITHIN  SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF TENANCY IS SERVED.
NONE OF THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE  CONSTRUED  TO
CREATE  ANY  DEFENSE  BY  SUCH  TENANT OR TENANTS TO SUCH TERMINATION IN
ADDITION TO THOSE OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13883-04-4

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