Meeting Name: Committee on Housing and Buildings Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 4/19/2017 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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Attachments: Attachments - Int. No. 926, Attachments - Int. No. 931-A, Attachments - Int. No. 936, Attachments - Int. No. 938, Attachments - Int. No. 960, Attachments - Int. No. 3, Attachments - Int. No. 1523, Attachments - Int. No. 347-A, Attachments - Int. No. 1530, Attachments - Int. No. 1548, Attachments - Int. No. 1549, Attachments - Int. No. 1550, Attachments - Int. No. 1551, Attachments - Int. No. 1556
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Int 0003-2014 *Margaret S. Chin Recovery of relocation expenses incurred by the department of housing preservation and development pursuant to a vacate order.IntroductionThis bill would require an owner to deposit money in an escrow account, with the department as escrowee, equal to 10% of the rent roll for five years preceding the vacate order for the recovery of relocation expenses incurred.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0003-2014 *Margaret S. Chin Recovery of relocation expenses incurred by the department of housing preservation and development pursuant to a vacate order.IntroductionThis bill would require an owner to deposit money in an escrow account, with the department as escrowee, equal to 10% of the rent roll for five years preceding the vacate order for the recovery of relocation expenses incurred.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0347-2014 *Helen K. RosenthalProposed Int. No. 347-ARemedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants.IntroductionThis bill would allow the housing part to award statutory damages, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs for tenant harassment actions.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0347-2014 *Helen K. Rosenthal Remedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants.IntroductionThis bill would allow the housing part to award statutory damages, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs for tenant harassment actions.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0347-2014 *Helen K. Rosenthal Remedies for the breach of the duty of an owner to refrain from harassment of tenants.IntroductionThis bill would allow the housing part to award statutory damages, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs for tenant harassment actions.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0926-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick Creating a task force on construction work in occupied multiple dwellings.IntroductionThis bill would create an inter-agency task force consisting of members appointed by the New York City Department of Buildings, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the City Council, and the Mayor. Among its primary functions, the task force would evaluate the current practices of the individual agencies represented in the task force with regards to construction and renovation by landlords in occupied residential buildings, publish a report of its findings, and provide recommendations to improve inter-agency coordination and sharing of information.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0926-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick Creating a task force on construction work in occupied multiple dwellings.IntroductionThis bill would create an inter-agency task force consisting of members appointed by the New York City Department of Buildings, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Environmental Protection, the City Council, and the Mayor. Among its primary functions, the task force would evaluate the current practices of the individual agencies represented in the task force with regards to construction and renovation by landlords in occupied residential buildings, publish a report of its findings, and provide recommendations to improve inter-agency coordination and sharing of information.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0931-2015 *Ben KallosProposed Int. No. 931-ABuilding violations adjudicated before the office of administrative trials and hearings.IntroductionThis bill would provide that building code violations adjudicated before Environmental Control Board (ECB) in which a judgment has been entered against owners of certain residential and commercial buildings, but have not been paid by such owners, constitute tax liens on the property of such owners, which would subject the building of such to be foreclosed upon by the City if the judgment remains unpaid.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0931-2015 *Ben Kallos Building violations adjudicated before the office of administrative trials and hearings.IntroductionThis bill would provide that building code violations adjudicated before Environmental Control Board (ECB) in which a judgment has been entered against owners of certain residential and commercial buildings, but have not been paid by such owners, constitute tax liens on the property of such owners, which would subject the building of such to be foreclosed upon by the City if the judgment remains unpaid.Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 0931-2015 *Ben Kallos Building violations adjudicated before the office of administrative trials and hearings.IntroductionThis bill would provide that building code violations adjudicated before Environmental Control Board (ECB) in which a judgment has been entered against owners of certain residential and commercial buildings, but have not been paid by such owners, constitute tax liens on the property of such owners, which would subject the building of such to be foreclosed upon by the City if the judgment remains unpaid.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0936-2015 *Mark Levine Tenant protection plans.IntroductionThis bill amends the information that must be included in tenant protection plans, which are generally required when construction work will take place in an occupied residential building, and prescribes measures that the Department of Buildings (DOB) and owners must take in order to ensure compliance with the tenant protection plan. Specifically, this bill: • Requires the means and methods described in the tenant protection plan to be described with particularity; • Requires the tenant protection plan to include information about the maintenance of essential services; • Requires DOB to make the tenant protection plan publicly available on its website; • Requires owners to post a notice to tenants regarding the availability of the tenant protection plan in public places in the building; • Requires DOB to inspect the building within 7 days after the commencement of any work to verify compliance with the tenant protection plan, and upon the receipt of a complaint thereafter; and • Requires DOB to issue a stop work order if work is not being done in accordance with the tenant protection plan.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0936-2015 *Mark Levine Tenant protection plans.IntroductionThis bill amends the information that must be included in tenant protection plans, which are generally required when construction work will take place in an occupied residential building, and prescribes measures that the Department of Buildings (DOB) and owners must take in order to ensure compliance with the tenant protection plan. Specifically, this bill: • Requires the means and methods described in the tenant protection plan to be described with particularity; • Requires the tenant protection plan to include information about the maintenance of essential services; • Requires DOB to make the tenant protection plan publicly available on its website; • Requires owners to post a notice to tenants regarding the availability of the tenant protection plan in public places in the building; • Requires DOB to inspect the building within 7 days after the commencement of any work to verify compliance with the tenant protection plan, and upon the receipt of a complaint thereafter; and • Requires DOB to issue a stop work order if work is not being done in accordance with the tenant protection plan.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0938-2015 *Antonio Reynoso Requiring increased oversight of construction contractors who have engaged in work without a required permit.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings (DOB) to compile and maintain a watch list of contractors who have been found to have performed work without a required permit in the preceding two years. The bill would require DOB to engage in increased oversight of any worksite where a contractor included on the watch list performs work. The bill also would provide a timeline under which a contractor could be removed from the watch list.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0938-2015 *Antonio Reynoso Requiring increased oversight of construction contractors who have engaged in work without a required permit.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings (DOB) to compile and maintain a watch list of contractors who have been found to have performed work without a required permit in the preceding two years. The bill would require DOB to engage in increased oversight of any worksite where a contractor included on the watch list performs work. The bill also would provide a timeline under which a contractor could be removed from the watch list.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0960-2015 *Rosie Mendez Creating a safe construction bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would create a new notice requirement for multiple dwellings. This bill would require that a detailed notice be posted for occupants of a dwelling when the owner seeks to conduct any construction work that requires a permit from the Department of Buildings.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0960-2015 *Rosie Mendez Creating a safe construction bill of rights.IntroductionThis bill would create a new notice requirement for multiple dwellings. This bill would require that a detailed notice be posted for occupants of a dwelling when the owner seeks to conduct any construction work that requires a permit from the Department of Buildings.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1523-2017 *Helen K. Rosenthal Creation of an office of the tenant advocate within the dept of buildings.IntroductionThis bill would establish the Office of the Tenant Advocate within the Department of Buildings, whose duties would include but not be limited to: approving all tenant protection plans and site safety plans for occupied multiple dwellings to ensure compliance with the administrative code; establishing a system to receive comments, questions and complaints with respect to tenant protection plans and site safety plans; establishing a system to communicate with tenants who are affected by work in occupied multiple dwellings; monitoring sites where a tenant protection plan and/or site safety plan is required to ensure compliance with such plan; and publishing quarterly reports related to the responsibilities of the office.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1523-2017 *Helen K. Rosenthal Creation of an office of the tenant advocate within the dept of buildings.IntroductionThis bill would establish the Office of the Tenant Advocate within the Department of Buildings, whose duties would include but not be limited to: approving all tenant protection plans and site safety plans for occupied multiple dwellings to ensure compliance with the administrative code; establishing a system to receive comments, questions and complaints with respect to tenant protection plans and site safety plans; establishing a system to communicate with tenants who are affected by work in occupied multiple dwellings; monitoring sites where a tenant protection plan and/or site safety plan is required to ensure compliance with such plan; and publishing quarterly reports related to the responsibilities of the office.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1530-2017 *Melissa Mark-Viverito Creating a rebuttable presumption regarding harassment.IntroductionUnder current harassment law a tenant has to show that an owner committed a harassing act or omission which caused or was intended to cause such tenant to vacate the dwelling. This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that where an owner commits one of a list of harassing acts or omissions, such act or omission constitutes harassment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1530-2017 *Melissa Mark-Viverito Creating a rebuttable presumption regarding harassment.IntroductionUnder current harassment law a tenant has to show that an owner committed a harassing act or omission which caused or was intended to cause such tenant to vacate the dwelling. This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that where an owner commits one of a list of harassing acts or omissions, such act or omission constitutes harassment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1548-2017 *Mark Levine Amending the definition of harassment to include repeatedly contacting or visiting a tenant at unusual hours.IntroductionThis bill would amend the definition of harassment to include repeatedly contacting or visiting a tenant at unusual hours.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1548-2017 *Mark Levine Amending the definition of harassment to include repeatedly contacting or visiting a tenant at unusual hours.IntroductionThis bill would amend the definition of harassment to include repeatedly contacting or visiting a tenant at unusual hours.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1549-2017 *Carlos Menchaca Repeated acts of harassment.IntroductionThis bill would allow a landlord’s conduct to be considered as “repeated” even if the previous act was directed toward a different tenant.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1549-2017 *Carlos Menchaca Repeated acts of harassment.IntroductionThis bill would allow a landlord’s conduct to be considered as “repeated” even if the previous act was directed toward a different tenant.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1550-2017 *Helen K. Rosenthal Harassment in private dwellings.IntroductionThis bill makes tenant harassment laws applicable to private dwellings.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1550-2017 *Helen K. Rosenthal Harassment in private dwellings.IntroductionThis bill makes tenant harassment laws applicable to private dwellings.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1551-2017 *Ritchie J. Torres Unauthorized non-rent fees on rent bills.IntroductionHarassment is currently defined as performing one of a list of acts or omissions which causes or is intended to cause a tenant to leave their home. This bill would amend the harassment law to create a rebuttable presumption that including non-rent fees on a rent bill is intended to cause or did cause a tenant to leave their home.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1551-2017 *Ritchie J. Torres Unauthorized non-rent fees on rent bills.IntroductionHarassment is currently defined as performing one of a list of acts or omissions which causes or is intended to cause a tenant to leave their home. This bill would amend the harassment law to create a rebuttable presumption that including non-rent fees on a rent bill is intended to cause or did cause a tenant to leave their home.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1556-2017 *Jumaane D. Williams Penalties for tenant harassment.IntroductionThis bill would increase the civil penalties for violations of the administrative code for tenant harassment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1556-2017 *Jumaane D. Williams Penalties for tenant harassment.IntroductionThis bill would increase the civil penalties for violations of the administrative code for tenant harassment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available