senate Bill S7251

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Clarifies the definition of "tenant" to exclude squatters

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2021 referred to rules

S7251 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §711, RPAP L; amd §140.10, Pen L

S7251 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Extends the time period for tenancy rights from 30 days to 45 days of possession; adds squatting to the definition of criminal trespass in the third degree.

S7251 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7251 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7251
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               June 10, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT to amend the real property actions and proceedings  law  and  the
   penal  law,  in  relation  to clarifying the definition of "tenant" to
   exclude squatters

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The opening paragraph of section 711 of the real property
 actions and proceedings law, as amended by section 12 of part M of chap-
 ter 36 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
   A tenant shall include an occupant of one or more rooms in  a  rooming
 house  or a resident, not including a transient occupant, of one or more
 rooms in a hotel who has been  in  possession  for  [thirty]  FORTY-FIVE
 consecutive  days or longer.  No tenant or lawful occupant of a dwelling
 or housing accommodation shall be removed from possession  except  in  a
 special  proceeding.  A  special proceeding may be maintained under this
 article upon the following grounds:
   § 2. Section 711 of the real property actions and proceedings  law  is
 amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows:
   7.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY CONTRARY PROVISION OF LAW, FOR THE PURPOSES OF
 THIS ARTICLE, A TENANT SHALL NOT INCLUDE A PERSON WHO ENTERS ONTO  PROP-
 ERTY  WITH  THE  INTENT  OF  SQUATTING ON SUCH PROPERTY OR WHO OTHERWISE
 SETTLES ON LAND OR OCCUPIES PROPERTY WITHOUT TITLE, RIGHT, PERMISSION OF
 THE RIGHTFUL OWNER, OR PAYMENT OF RENT.
   § 3. Subdivision (g) of section 140.10 of the penal law, as amended by
 chapter 176 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
   (g) where the property consists of a right-of-way or yard of  a  rail-
 road  or  rapid transit railroad which has been designated and conspicu-
 ously posted as a no-trespass railroad zone; OR
   (H) WITH THE INTENT OF SQUATTING IN SUCH BUILDING OR  UPON  SUCH  REAL
 PROPERTY  OR  OTHERWISE  OCCUPIES SUCH BUILDING OR REAL PROPERTY WITHOUT
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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