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File #: Int 1490-2019    Version: * Name: Prohibiting discrimination against occupants of rent-regulated and rent-subsidized housing accommodations.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting discrimination against occupants of rent-regulated and rent-subsidized housing accommodations
Sponsors: Helen K. Rosenthal, Mark Levine, Margaret S. Chin, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Keith Powers , Ben Kallos, Diana Ayala , Carlina Rivera , Adrienne E. Adams, Stephen T. Levin, Justin L. Brannan, Antonio Reynoso, Donovan J. Richards, James G. Van Bramer, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Summary: This bill would prohibit landlords and building owners from discriminating against rent-regulated and rent-subsidized tenants by limiting access to building entrances, facilities and amenities. This local law would prevent landlords from excluding rent-regulated and rent-subsidized tenants from building facilities and amenities or conditioning access to building facilities and amenities on payment of a fee that market-rate tenants are not also required to pay.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1490, 2. Int. No. 1490, 3. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019

Int. No. 1490

 

By Council Members Rosenthal, Levine, Chin, Koslowitz, Lander, Powers, Kallos, Ayala, Rivera, Adams, Levin, Brannan, Reynoso, Richards, Van Bramer and the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting discrimination against occupants of rent-regulated and rent-subsidized housing accommodations

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 8-102 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new definitions of “rent regulated tenant” and “rent subsidized tenant” in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Rent-regulated tenant. The term “rent-regulated tenant” means a tenant, subtenant, lessee, sublessee or other person entitled to the possession or to the use of any housing accommodation subject to rent control as set forth in the city rent and rehabilitation law or rent stabilization as set forth in the rent stabilization law of nineteen hundred and sixty nine, as amended.

Rent-subsidized tenant. The term “rent-subsidized tenant” means a tenant, subtenant, lessee, sublessee, or other person entitled to the possession or to the use of any unit of affordable housing as the term “affordable housing” is defined in section 26-2101.

§ 2. Subdivision 5 of section 8-107 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph p to read as follows:

(p) Discrimination on the basis of status as rent-regulated or rent-subsidized tenant prohibited in housing accommodations. Where a housing accommodation or an interest therein is sought or occupied exclusively for residential purposes, the provisions of this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of of a person’s status as a rent-regulated or rent-subsidized tenant with respect to the use of building entrances, facilities and amenities, including but not limited to, fitness centers, pools, game rooms, communal business centers, outdoor lounging areas, outdoor cooking areas, indoor cooking areas, indoor lounging areas and laundry facilities. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to:

(i) Prohibit a rent-regulated or rent-subsidized tenant from using any building entrance, facility or amenity that is available for the use of market-rate tenants;

(ii) Require a rent-regulated or rent-subsidized tenant to pay a fee that market-rate tenants are not also required to pay in order to gain access to any building entrance, facility or amenity.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the New York city commission on human rights shall take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.

 

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