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File #: Int 1556-2017    Version: Name: Penalties for tenant harassment.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 4/5/2017
Enactment date: 8/30/2017 Law number: 2017/165
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to penalties for tenant harassment
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Laurie A. Cumbo, Helen K. Rosenthal, Daniel Dromm , Carlos Menchaca, Stephen T. Levin, Ben Kallos, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Andrew Cohen
Council Member Sponsors: 9
Summary: This bill would increase the civil penalties for violations of the administrative code for tenant harassment.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1556-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1556, 4. April 5, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Int. No. 1556, 6. Committee Report 4/19/17, 7. Hearing Testimony 4/19/17, 8. Hearing Transcript 4/19/17, 9. Proposed Int. No. 1556-A - 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. 1556-A (FINAL), 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-9-17, 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Local Law 165, 18. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 9, 2017
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8/8/2017*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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4/19/2017*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 1556-A

 

By Council Members Williams, Cumbo, Rosenthal, Dromm, Menchaca, Levin, Kallos, Salamanca and Cohen

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to penalties for tenant harassment

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1. Paragraph 2 of subdivision m of section 27-2115 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 47 for the year 2014, is amended to read as follows:

                     (2) If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that conduct in violation of subdivision d of section 27-2005 of this chapter has occurred, it may determine that a class c violation existed at the time that such conduct occurred. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such court may also issue an order restraining the owner of the property from violating such subdivision and direct the owner to ensure that no further violation occurs, in accordance with section 27-2121 of this chapter. Such court shall impose a civil penalty in an amount not less than [one thousand dollars] two thousand dollars and not more than ten thousand dollars for each dwelling unit in which a tenant or any person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such unit has been the subject of such violation, and such other relief as the court deems appropriate, provided that where a petitioner establishes that there was a previous finding of a violation of subdivision d of section 27-2005 against such owner and such finding was made (i) within the preceding five year period and (ii) on or after the effective date of the local law that added this clause, such court shall impose a civil penalty in an amount not less than [two thousand dollars] four thousand dollars and not more than ten thousand dollars. It shall be an affirmative defense to an allegation by a tenant of the kind described in subparagraphs b, c and g of paragraph forty-eight of subdivision a of section 27-2004 of this chapter that (i) such condition or service interruption was not intended to cause any lawful occupant to vacate a dwelling unit or waive or surrender any rights in relation to such occupancy, and (ii) the owner acted in good faith in a reasonable manner to promptly correct such condition or service interruption, including providing notice to all affected lawful occupants of such efforts, where appropriate.

                     § 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of housing preservation and development may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.

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