assembly Bill A2623A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to codes
May 29, 2019 reported referred to codes
Apr 03, 2019 print number 2623a
Apr 03, 2019 amend and recommit to housing
Jan 24, 2019 referred to housing

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A2623 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3358
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §26-416, amd §26-512, NYC Ad Cd; amd §6, 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: A8262, S6113
2015-2016: A1156, S3591
2017-2018: A1089, S2377
2021-2022: A5040, S2014

A2623 - Summary

Prohibits owners, 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 owner, lessor or agent has the legal authority to do so.

A2623 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2623

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 24, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DINOWITZ,  GOTTFRIED,  L. ROSENTHAL, MOSLEY,
  PICHARDO, COOK, CRESPO, BENEDETTO, PERRY, BARRON -- Multi-Sponsored by
  -- M. of A.  ARROYO, DenDEKKER, GLICK -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Housing

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:
  § 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.
  §  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.
  § 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:
  G.  A  LESSOR  OR  AGENT  THEREOF SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM ASSESSING A
LESSEE ANY FEE,  SURCHARGE  OR  OTHER  CHARGES  FOR  LEGAL  SERVICES  IN

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

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A2623A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S3358
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Add §26-416, amd §26-512, NYC Ad Cd; amd §6, 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: A8262, S6113
2015-2016: A1156, S3591
2017-2018: A1089, S2377
2021-2022: A5040, S2014

A2623A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits owners, 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 owner, lessor or agent has the legal authority to do so.

A2623A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 2623--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 24, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  DINOWITZ,  GOTTFRIED,  L. ROSENTHAL, MOSLEY,
  PICHARDO, COOK, CRESPO, BENEDETTO, PERRY, BARRON -- Multi-Sponsored by
  -- M. of A.  ARROYO, DenDEKKER, GLICK -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Housing -- 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:
  §  26-416  UNAUTHORIZED LEGAL FEES.  AN OWNER, 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  OWNER,  LESSOR OR AGENT HAS THE LEGAL
AUTHORITY TO DO SO PURSUANT TO A COURT ORDER.  LEGAL  SERVICES  INCLUDE,
BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, COURT FEES, LEGAL REPRESENTATION, ATTORNEY FEES,
NOTARY  PUBLIC  CHARGES,  AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES INCURRED BY THE OWNER,
LESSOR OR AGENT IN CONNECTION WITH MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDING, INCLUDING
ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS IN A COURT OF LAW. ANY AGREEMENT  OR  ASSESSMENT
TO THE CONTRARY SHALL BE VOID AS CONTRARY TO PUBLIC POLICY.
  §  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.  AN  OWNER,  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 OWNER, LESSOR OR AGENT HAS THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO  SO
PURSUANT  TO  A COURT ORDER. LEGAL SERVICES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED

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