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File #: Int 0347-2014    Version: Name: Remedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 5/14/2014
Enactment date: 8/30/2017 Law number: 2017/148
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to remedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants
Sponsors: Helen K. Rosenthal, Jumaane D. Williams, Margaret S. Chin, Corey D. Johnson, Mark Levine, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie J. Torres, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel Dromm , Ben Kallos, Brad S. Lander, Deborah L. Rose, Carlos Menchaca, Donovan J. Richards, Bill Perkins, Stephen T. Levin, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Andrew Cohen
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Summary: This bill would allow tenants who prevail in harassment cases to collect compensatory damages (or $1,000) from the offending landlord, in addition to attorneys’ fees and costs. This bill also allows a court to issue punitive damages for such violations.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 347-B, 3. Summary of Int. No. 347-A, 4. Int. No. 347 - 5/14/14, 5. Committee Report 4/19/17, 6. Hearing Testimony 4/19/17, 7. Hearing Transcript 4/19/17, 8. Proposed Int. No. 347-A - 8/2/17, 9. Proposed Int. No. 347-B - 8/3/17, 10. Committee Report 8/8/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 8/8/17, 12. August 9, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 13. Int. No. 347-B (FINAL), 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-9-17, 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Local Law 148, 18. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 9, 2017
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
9/1/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/30/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/25/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/9/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/9/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017BHelen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/2017*Helen K. Rosenthal Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014*Helen K. Rosenthal City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2014*Helen K. Rosenthal City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 347-B

 

By Council Members Rosenthal, Williams, Chin, Johnson, Levine, Reynoso, Torres, Rodriguez, Dromm, Kallos, Lander, Rose, Menchaca, Richards, Perkins, Levin, Salamanca and Cohen

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to remedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants 

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1. Section 27-2115 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision o to read as follows:

(o) In any action brought by a lawful occupant or group of lawful occupants under subdivision h of this section for a violation of subdivision d of section 27-2005 of this chapter, the housing part shall, in addition to any other relief such court determines to be appropriate, award to each such occupant (i) compensatory damages or, at the election of such occupant, one thousand dollars and (ii) reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. Such court may also, at its sole discretion, award punitive damages.

                     § 2. This local law takes effect 90 days after it becomes law.

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