senate Bill S3591A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting legal fees to be charged by a lessor or agent thereof

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to judiciary
May 07, 2015 print number 3591a
May 07, 2015 amend (t) and recommit to judiciary
Feb 12, 2015 referred to judiciary

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S3591 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1156
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §26-416, amd §26-512, NYC Ad Cd; amd §4, Emerg Ten Prot Act of 1974; amd §4, Emerg Hous Rent Cont L; add 234-a, RP L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S6113, A8262
2017-2018: S2377, A1089
2019-2020: S3358, A2623
2021-2022: S2014, A5040

S3591 - Summary

Prohibits lessors or agents thereof from assessing a lessee any fee for legal services in connection with any operation or rental of a residential unit unless the lessor has the legal authority to do so.

S3591 - Sponsor Memo

S3591 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3591

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 12, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ESPAILLAT, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN, PARKER,
  PERKINS, 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 legal fees

  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
234-a to read as follows:
  S  234-A.  UNAUTHORIZED LEGAL FEES. A LESSOR OR AGENT THEREOF SHALL BE
PROHIBITED FROM ASSESSING A LESSEE ANY FEE, SURCHARGE OR  OTHER  CHARGES
FOR LEGAL SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION OR RENTAL OF A RESI-
DENTIAL UNIT UNLESS THE LESSOR HAS THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO PURSUANT
TO  A  COURT ORDER. ANY AGREEMENT OR ASSESSMENT TO THE CONTRARY SHALL BE
VOID AS CONTRARY TO PUBLIC POLICY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01832-01-5

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S3591A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1156
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §26-416, amd §26-512, NYC Ad Cd; amd §4, Emerg Ten Prot Act of 1974; amd §4, Emerg Hous Rent Cont L; add 234-a, RP L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S6113, A8262
2017-2018: S2377, A1089
2019-2020: S3358, A2623
2021-2022: S2014, A5040

S3591A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits lessors or agents thereof from assessing a lessee any fee for legal services in connection with any operation or rental of a residential unit unless the lessor has the legal authority to do so.

S3591A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3591A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 3591--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 12, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ESPAILLAT, DIAZ, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN, PARKER,
  PERKINS, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and  when  printed
  to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary -- committee discharged,
  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as amended and recommitted to said
  committee

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city  of  New  York,  the
  emergency tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four, the emergen-
  cy  housing rent control law and the real property law, in relation to
  prohibiting charges for legal fees

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

  Section  1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended
by adding a new section 26-416 to read as follows:
  S 26-416 UNAUTHORIZED LEGAL FEES.  A LESSOR OR AGENT THEREOF SHALL  BE
PROHIBITED  FROM  ASSESSING A LESSEE ANY FEE, SURCHARGE OR OTHER CHARGES
FOR LEGAL SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION OR RENTAL OF A RESI-
DENTIAL UNIT UNLESS THE LESSOR HAS THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO PURSUANT
TO A COURT ORDER. ANY AGREEMENT OR ASSESSMENT TO THE CONTRARY  SHALL  BE
VOID AS CONTRARY TO PUBLIC POLICY.
  S  2.  Section  6  of  section  4  of chapter 576 of the laws of 1974,
constituting the emergency tenant protection act  of  nineteen  seventy-
four, is amended by adding a new subdivision f-1 to read as follows:
  F-1.  A  LESSOR  OR AGENT THEREOF SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM ASSESSING A
LESSEE ANY FEE,  SURCHARGE  OR  OTHER  CHARGES  FOR  LEGAL  SERVICES  IN
CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION OR RENTAL OF A RESIDENTIAL UNIT UNLESS THE
LESSOR  HAS  THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO PURSUANT TO A COURT ORDER. ANY
AGREEMENT OR ASSESSMENT TO THE CONTRARY SHALL BE  VOID  AS  CONTRARY  TO
PUBLIC POLICY.
  S 3. Section 26-512 of the administrative code of the city of New York
is amended by adding a new subdivision g to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01832-03-5

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