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File #: Int 1181-2018    Version: * Name: Prohibiting the use of dogs or cats as security in certain contracts.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
On agenda: 10/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the use of dogs or cats as security in certain contracts
Sponsors: Andrew Cohen
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would prohibit the use of dogs or cats as security in contracts for their purchase or any lesser right or interest in them. Prohibited provisions would be unenforceable. Sellers, lessors and lenders who violate the law would be subject to a maximum fine of $500.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1181, 2. Int. No. 1181, 3. October 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Committee Report 12/18/18, 5. Hearing Testimony 12/18/18, 6. Hearing Transcript 12/18/18

Int. No. 1181

 

By Council Member Cohen

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the use of dogs or cats as security in certain contracts

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 5 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subchapter 21 to read as follows:

SUBCHAPTER 21

PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF DOGS OR CATS AS SECURITY

§ 20-840 Prohibited terms. No contract for the purchase of any permanent or temporary right or interest in a dog or a cat, or the financing of such purchase, shall include any provisions which authorize the use of a dog or a cat as security where such dog or cat may be repossessed by the seller, lessor or lender contingent on the purchaser making payments under such contract, provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the purchase of a dog or a cat through an unsecured personal loan, nor be construed to limit the enforcement of other laws, rights or remedies which are otherwise available under any other law.

§ 20-841 Enforcement. a. Penalty. Any seller, lessor or lender who violates section 20-840 of this subchapter shall be subject to a civil penalty of no more than $500, in addition to any other penalty, remedy or relief provided for by law.

b. Effect on contract. Any provision prohibited by section 20-840 of this subchapter contained in any contract shall be unenforceable, provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to render unenforceable any lawful provisions contained in any contract.         

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately. 

 

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LS #8002

8/30/18