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File #: Int 0526-2014    Version: * Name: Requiring multiple dwelling owners to provide notice to their tenants prior to temporarily or permanently making building amenities unavailable.
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 requiring multiple dwelling owners to provide notice to their tenants prior to temporarily or permanently making building amenities unavailable.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would require landlords to provide building occupants with two weeks’ notice prior to making a building amenity unavailable if the amenity will be unavailable for more than twenty-four hours, excluding periods during which the amenity is normally unavailable. The notice would have to be posted in a prominent place in the building, identify the amenity which is to be made unavailable and state the expected duration of its unavailability. Where an amenity will be permanently unavailable, the notice must remain posted for at least 30 days after the amenity becomes unavailable. Building amenities made unavailable on an emergency basis would be exempt from the notice requirement. This bill would also require HPD to publish rules regarding what constitutes an emergency basis.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 526, 2. Committee Report 12/9/14, 3. Hearing Testimony 12/9/14, 4. Hearing Transcript 12/9/14
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2014*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2014*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/22/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/22/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 526
 
By Council Members Williams and Gibson
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring multiple dwelling owners to provide notice to their tenants prior to temporarily or permanently making building amenities unavailable.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
      Section 1.  Subdivision a of section 27-2004 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph 49 to read as follows:
      49. A building amenity is any equipment, feature or space within a multiple dwelling that may be used in common by the lawful occupants of two or more dwelling units, including, but not limited to, entrances, elevators, freight elevators, laundry rooms, laundry equipment, exercise rooms, exercise equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, ping-pong tables, billiard tables, foosball tables, air-hockey tables, swimming pools, changing areas, shower areas, lounge areas, roof terraces, outdoor areas, barbeque equipment, parking spaces, dog runs, dog cleaning facilities, storage units, wireless internet, screening rooms, game rooms or day care facilities.
      §2. Section 27-2005 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision e to read as follows:
      e. 1. The owner of a multiple dwelling shall post notice pursuant to this subdivision when making a building amenity under such owner's control unavailable to one or more lawful occupants of such multiple dwelling. Where the owner expects that such unavailability will last for twenty-four hours or more, excluding periods during which such amenity is normally unavailable, such notice shall be posted at least two weeks before making such amenity unavailable. Where the owner expects that such unavailability will last for less than twenty-four hours, notice need not be posted, provided that where such unavailability lasts for twenty-four hours or more, notice shall be posted as soon as practicable after the commencement of such unavailability. The notice required by this subdivision shall be posted in a prominent place within the public part of the multiple dwelling for the lesser of two weeks or the duration of the unavailability, shall identify the building amenity which is to be made unavailable and the expected duration of its unavailability and shall be updated as needed, provided that where the building amenity will be permanently unavailable, such notice shall remain posted for no fewer than thirty days following the first date of such unavailability. Such notice shall be in a form approved by the department and shall be posted in English, Spanish and, where the leases for fifty percent or more of the dwelling units within such multiple dwelling are provided in another language, such other language.
      2. The provisions of this section shall not apply to building amenities made unavailable on an emergency basis. The department shall by rule determine what constitutes an emergency basis.
      §3. This local law shall take effect one hundred and twenty days after its enactment, except that the department of housing preservation and development shall take such measures, including the promulgation of rules, as are necessary for its implementation prior to such effective date.  
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LS 2288
9/24/14