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File #: Int 0798-2015    Version: Name: Requiring notice to certain applicants for the senior citizen rent increase exemption and disability rent increase exemption program.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Finance
On agenda: 5/27/2015
Enactment date: 2/8/2016 Law number: 2016/013
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring notice to certain tenants enrolled in the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program
Sponsors: Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Laurie A. Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Vanessa L. Gibson, Corey D. Johnson, Andy L. King, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Helen K. Rosenthal, Paul A. Vallone, Andrew Cohen, Carlos Menchaca, Daniel Dromm , Fernando Cabrera , Stephen T. Levin, I. Daneek Miller, Ben Kallos, Rory I. Lancman, James G. Van Bramer, Brad S. Lander, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 27
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Finance to include a notice regarding legal and preferential rents on certain documents related to the NYC Rent Freeze Program. Specifically, the notice must include the rent amount on which the benefit calculation was based, an explanation of why that amount was used in the calculation, the legal regulated rent, an explanation that the tenant may continue to pay a preferential rent even once enrolled in the program, a statement that the tenant can obtain a rent registration history and file a complaint with the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and a telephone number and email address for that agency. In addition, by 2018, the legislation would require the Department of Finance to include both the preferential and legal regulated rents of applicants to the NYC Rent Freeze Program in its database and include the preferential rent amount in the notice described above.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 798-B, 3. Summary of Int. No.798-A, 4. Summary of Int. No. 798, 5. Int. No. 798 - 5/27/15, 6. May 27, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 7. Committee Report 12/9/15, 8. Hearing Testimony 12/9/15, 9. Hearing Transcript 12/9/15, 10. Proposed Int. No. 798-A - 1/7/16, 11. Int. No. 798-B (FINAL), 12. Committee Report 1/19/16, 13. Hearing Transcript 1/19/16, 14. January 19, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 15. Fiscal Impact Statement, 16. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1-19-16, 17. Mayor's Letter, 18. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - January 19, 2016, 19. Local Law 13
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2/8/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/8/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/19/2016BRobert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Aging Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Aging Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Aging Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Committee on Finance Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/27/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/27/2015*Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 798-B

 

By Council Members Cornegy, Chin, Constantinides, Cumbo, Eugene, Gentile, Gibson, Johnson, King, Koo, Koslowitz, Mendez, Rose, Rosenthal, Vallone, Cohen, Menchaca, Dromm, Cabrera, Levin, Miller, Kallos, Lancman, Van Bramer, Lander, Ferreras-Copeland and Williams

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring notice to certain tenants enrolled in the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

          Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 11-138 to read as follows:

§ 11-138 Notice to senior citizen rent increase exemption and disability rent increase exemption program tenants regarding legal regulated and preferential rents.

a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “preferential rent” means the amount of rent charged to and paid by a tenant that is less than the legal regulated rent.

b. The department of finance shall provide any tenants enrolled in the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program pursuant to section 26-509 with the following information:

1. the rent amount on which the benefit calculation is based;

2. an explanation that the benefit calculation is based on the legal regulated rent, except that the benefit calculation may be based on a preferential rent in the following cases: (a) the tenant pays a preferential rent pursuant to a written agreement with the landlord that states that the preferential rent will be charged for the life of the tenancy; or (b) the tenant lives in a building that has received a tax credit pursuant to section 42 of the internal revenue code;

3. the legal regulated rent amount;

4. an explanation that the tenant may continue to pay the preferential rent, in accordance with the terms of the lease, even after enrolling in the program; and

5. beginning January 1, 2018, in cases where a tenant who pays a preferential rent submits an initial or renewal application for the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program, the preferential rent amount.

c. 1. The information required pursuant to subdivision b of this section shall be included in any notice issued by the department of finance pertaining to the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program where such notice is related to:

(a) the approval of such application;

(b) the approval of a tenant’s application for an apartment benefit transfer;

(c) the approval of a tenant's application for benefit takeover;

(d) any notice of a tax abatement credit adjustment sent to the tenant;

(e) the approval of a tenant’s application for a redetermination; and

(f) any other document deemed appropriate by the department of finance.

2. Any such notice shall also include a statement that such tenant can obtain a rent registration history from, and file a complaint of rent overcharge with, the state division of housing and community renewal should such tenant believe his or her landlord has charged or registered more than the regulated rent amount the landlord could lawfully collect from such tenant. Such statement shall also include a telephone number and email address for the state division of housing and community renewal at which inquiries or complaints regarding rent administration can be received.

d. No later than January 1, 2018, in cases where a tenant who pays a preferential rent submits an initial or renewal application for the senior citizen rent increase exemption or disability rent increase exemption program, the department of finance shall ensure that any computer system or database used by the department of finance for the purpose of maintaining or compiling information about applicants and beneficiaries of the program contains both the legal regulated and preferential rents.

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

 

 

KET 10/17/14 9:38AM

LS 2440/2014

RC amended 12/1/15 5:45pm, 1/11/16 4:22pm