assembly Bill A1153

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Provides that certain tenants who own or keep pets shall not be denied occupancy or be subject to eviction solely on those grounds

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Jan 14, 2019 referred to housing

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A1153 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Real Property Law
Laws Affected:
Add §237-b, RP L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A2564
2011-2012: A3595
2013-2014: A3413
2015-2016: A3511
2017-2018: A3706

A1153 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that no person 62 years of age or older shall be denied occupancy in multiple dwellings, nor shall such tenant be evicted from a multiple dwelling on the sole ground that he or she owns or keeps a common household pet or pets, the harboring of which is not prohibited by the multiple dwelling law or other applicable law, unless the pet causes damage to the subject premises, creates a nuisance or interferes substantially with the health, safety or welfare of other tenants or occupants of the same or adjacent building or structure.

A1153 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1153

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  GLICK,  GOTTFRIED, BARRON, DAVILA, MOSLEY --
  Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON, PERRY -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on Housing

AN ACT to amend the real property law,  in  relation  to  discrimination
  against certain tenants who own or keep pets

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

  Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds  that  pet
companionship  has  a  beneficial impact on the pet owner's physical and
mental health and numerous studies have demonstrated that  senior  citi-
zens with pets live longer, visit the doctor less often and recover more
quickly  from  illnesses. There exists a significant public interest and
purpose in preserving and enhancing the quality of life of  the  state's
senior  citizens. Such persons should not be compelled to choose between
remaining in their home  and  having  the  therapeutic  benefit  of  pet
companionship.  The  shortage  of  affordable  housing  across the state
offers such persons few housing options if forced to leave  their  homes
due  to  their  need  for pet companionship. Eviction of senior citizens
from multiple dwellings due to pet ownership is harmful  to  the  public
welfare.
  § 2. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 237-b to
read as follows:
  §  237-B.  DISCRIMINATION  AGAINST  PERSONS WHO HAVE CERTAIN HOUSEHOLD
PETS. NO PERSON SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER SHALL BE DENIED OCCUPAN-
CY IN A MULTIPLE DWELLING OR BE SUBJECT TO EVICTION FROM ANY SUCH DWELL-
ING ON THE SOLE GROUND THAT SUCH PERSON OWNS OR KEEPS A COMMON HOUSEHOLD
PET OR PETS, THE HARBORING OF WHICH IS NOT PROHIBITED  BY  THE  MULTIPLE
DWELLING  LAW  OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW. THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY
WHERE THE HARBORING OF A COMMON  HOUSEHOLD  PET  CAUSES  DAMAGE  TO  THE
SUBJECT  PREMISES,  CREATES  A NUISANCE OR INTERFERES SUBSTANTIALLY WITH

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05012-01-9

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