File #: Int 0506-2014    Version: * Name: Waiver of covenants prohibiting pets.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 10/22/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the waiver of covenants prohibiting pets.
Sponsors: Corey D. Johnson, Margaret S. Chin, Laurie A. Cumbo, Mark Levine, Fernando Cabrera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Donovan J. Richards, Annabel Palma, Costa G. Constantinides, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Sponsors: 13
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12/31/2017*Corey D. Johnson City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/22/2014*Corey D. Johnson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
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Int. No. 506


By Council Members Johnson, Chin, Cumbo, Levine, Cabrera, Rosenthal, Crowley, Ferreras-Copeland, Richards, Palma, Constantinides, Rodriguez and Reynoso


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the waiver of covenants prohibiting pets.


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Section 27-2009.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 52 for the year 1983 and renumbered by chapter 907 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows:

§ 27-2009.1 Rights and responsibilities of dwelling owners and [tenants] occupants in relation to pets. a. Legislative declaration. The council hereby finds that the enforcement of covenants [contained in multiple dwelling leases] which prohibit [the] dwelling occupants from harboring [of] household pets has led to [widespread] abuses by [building] dwelling owners [or] and their agents, who, knowing that a [tenant] dwelling occupant has a pet for an extended period of time, seek to evict the [tenant and/or his or her pet] occupant or to obtain an injunction against the occupant’s continuing to harbor the pet, often for reasons unrelated to the creation of a nuisance. Because household pets are kept for reasons of safety and companionship and under the existence of a continuing housing emergency it is necessary to protect pet owners from retaliatory eviction or enforcement of covenants prohibiting pets and to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of [tenants] dwelling occupants who harbor pets under the circumstances provided [herein] in this section, it is hereby found that the enactment of the provisions of this section is necessary to prevent [potential] hardship on and dislocation of [tenants] dwelling occupants within this city.

b. Where a [tenant in a multiple] dwelling occupant openly and notoriously for a period of three months or more following taking possession of a unit, harbors or has harbored a household pet or pets, the harboring of which is not prohibited by the multiple dwelling law, the housing maintenance or the health codes of the city of New York or any other applicable law, and the dwelling owner or his or her agent has knowledge of this fact, and such owner fails within this three month period to commence a summary proceeding or action to enforce a covenant or lease provision prohibiting the keeping of such household pets, such covenant or lease provision shall be deemed waived for each species of pet that is harbored or was harbored in such dwelling. Such waiver shall remain effective for the duration of the occupant’s occupancy and shall permit the occupant to replace pets with pets of the same species.

c. This section shall apply to any dwelling occupant who currently harbors a household pet or pets or has harbored such, in the dwelling in which the occupant currently resides, at any time within the five years preceding the enactment of the local law that added this subdivision.

[c.] d. It shall be unlawful for an owner or his or her agent, by express terms or otherwise, to restrict a [tenant’s] dwelling occupant’s rights as provided in this section. Any such restriction shall be unenforceable and deemed void as against public policy.

[d.] e. The waiver provision of this section shall not apply where the harboring of a household pet causes damage to the subject premise, creates a nuisance or interferes substantially with the health, safety or welfare of other [tenants or] occupants of the same or an adjacent building or structure.

[e.] f. The New York city housing authority shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.

§ 2. This local law shall take effect immediately.


Int. 392-2010

LS# 0726/1661-2014

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