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File #: Int 1758-2019    Version: * Name: Defining the term key and requiring building owners to provide keys to residential tenants.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 10/17/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York city building code, in relation to defining the term key and requiring building owners to provide keys to residential tenants
Sponsors: Brad S. Lander, Carlina Rivera , Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: This bill would require that building owners provide mechanical keys to residents for both the exterior door of their buildings and the doors to their individual apartments. This bill would also prevent landlords from requiring that tenants use keyless entry technology to enter either their apartment buildings or their individual units.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1758, 2. Int. No. 1758, 3. Committee Report 10/7/19, 4. Hearing Testimony 10/7/19, 5. Hearing Testimony 10/7/19 additional, 6. Hearing Transcript 10/7/19, 7. October 17, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files
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Preconsidered Int. No. 1758

 

By Council Members Lander, Rivera, Chin, Gibson and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York city building code, in relation to defining the term key and requiring building owners to provide keys to residential tenants

 

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.  The term “key” shall mean a piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, which is inserted into such lock and turned to open or close such lock.

§ 2. Section 27-2043 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows:

§ 27-2043 Door locks [Locks in dwelling unit doors]. a. The owner of a dwelling shall provide a key lock in the entrance door to each dwelling unit and at least one key[.] for each entrance door key lock to each person lawfully entitled to occupancy of such dwelling unit. Such entrance door key lock must be operable at all hours without the use of technology including, but not limited to, a mobile phone application, a keypad, facial recognition technology, biometric scanning, a radio-frequency identification card or other such similar technology. Such owner shall not require such person to utilize such technology if such technology is present in such dwelling. In a class A multiple dwelling such door shall be equipped with a heavy duty latch set and a heavy duty dead bolt operable by a key from the outside and a thumb-turn from the inside. Such owner shall provide each such person with at least one key for each heavy duty dead bolt set for such dwelling unit.

b. Each dwelling unit entrance door in a class A multiple dwelling shall also be equipped with a chain door guard so as to permit partial opening of the door.

c. The owner of a dwelling shall provide key locks in the building entrance doors and other exterior exit doors to such building and shall provide at least one key for each entrance door key lock to each person lawfully entitled to occupancy of a dwelling in such building. Such entrance door key locks must be operable at all hours without the use of technology including, but not limited to, a mobile phone application, a keypad, facial recognition technology, biometric scanning, a radio-frequency identification card or other such similar technology. Such owner shall not require such person to utilize such technology if such technology is present in such building.

§ 3. Section 1002.1 of the New York city building code, as amended by local law 141 for the year 2013, is amended by adding a new definition of “KEY” in alphabetical order to read as follows:

KEY. A piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, which is inserted into such lock and turned to open or close such lock.

§ 4.  This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of buildings and the commissioner of housing preservation and development may 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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