senate Bill S8139

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to suspending rent payments for certain tenants in response to the outbreak of Covid-19

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Mar 29, 2020 referred to finance


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S8139 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Add §99-hh, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S2151, A2163

S8139 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to suspending rent payments for certain tenants due to the state of emergency declared by Executive Order No. 202, where they have lost earned income or were forced to close their place of business; establishes a coronavirus rental assistance fund.

S8139 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8139 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 29, 2020

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

AN ACT to suspend rent payments for certain tenants in response  to  the
  outbreak  of  coronavirus;  and  to  amend  the  state finance law, in
  relation to establishing the COVID-19 rental assistance fund


  Section 1. For the purposes of this act:
  (a)  "actual  income"  means  (i) for a residential tenant, all wages,
tips, overtime, salary, recurring gifts, returns on investment,  welfare
assistance,  social security payments, child support payments, unemploy-
ment benefits, emergency federal, state  or  local  assistance,  or  any
other  form  of income that may be used to pay rent; and (ii) for a not-
for-profit corporation or small business, all revenue,  including  emer-
gency  federal,  state  or local assistance, or any other form of income
that  may be used to pay rent, received minus the amount of any wages or
salary paid to employees of  the  not-for-profit  corporation  or  small
  (b) "landlord" means the person or entity to whom a tenant owes rent;
  (c)  "rent"  means the amount charged in consideration for the use and
occupancy of real property pursuant to a written or oral  rental  agree-
ment or statute;
  (d)  "state  of  emergency"  means  the state of emergency declared by
executive order 202 that began on March 7, 2020.
  (e) "covered tenant" includes a residential  tenant  having  the  same
meaning as paragraph (a) or (b) of subdivision 1 of section 235-f of the
real property law, or  those who otherwise pay for the use and occupancy
of  a  residential dwelling, except for a residential tenant receiving a
local, state or federal income based rental subsidy, a tenant that is  a
not-for-profit  corporation,  or  a  tenant  that is a small business as
defined by section 131 of the economic development law.
  § 2. (a) (i) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, rule or regu-
lation to the contrary, any covered tenant in the state  that  has  lost
earned  income,  has  been  forced  to close their place of business, or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets


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