File #: Res 0038-2022    Version: * Name: Mandating that any owner intending to sell a multi-unit residential dwelling, must first make a fairly appraised offer of sale to the tenants within the residence before making any sale offers to third parties.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 2/24/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, legislation mandating that any owner intending to sell a multi-unit residential dwelling, must first make a fairly appraised offer of sale to the tenants within the residence before making any sale offers to third parties.
Sponsors: Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Tiffany Cabán, Lincoln Restler, Shekar Krishnan, Rita C. Joseph, Julie Won, Marjorie Velázquez, Charles Barron, Shahana K. Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Erik D. Bottcher
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 38, 2. February 24, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-24-22, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 24, 2022
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Res. No. 38

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, legislation mandating that any owner intending to sell a multi-unit residential dwelling, must first make a fairly appraised offer of sale to the tenants within the residence before making any sale offers to third parties.

 

By the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams) and Council Members Cabán, Restler, Krishnan, Joseph, Won, Velázquez, Barron, Hanif, Hudson and Bottcher

 

Whereas, Affordable housing is a fundamental aspect of a thriving New York City and vital to providing shelter, stability, safety and health; and

Whereas, The Department of City Planning estimates the City’s population will increase by 783,000 residents, or 9.5 percent between 2010 and 2040; and

Whereas, According to a recent Zillow study conducted in 2018, 68 percent of the City’s residents rent their homes and landlords rent apartments in their buildings making New York City one of the largest share of renters in the United States; and

Whereas, Median rental prices in Manhattan were approximately $3,415 in May 2020 and Brooklyn rents were 3.3 percent higher than the previous year, up from $2,829 to $2,921; and

Whereas, Currently in New York City, a landlord does not have a legal obligation to offer an apartment or the building to a tenant to purchase before putting their property on the market which can result in tenants being displaced and forced to look for new apartments with higher rents; and

Whereas, In 1980, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) was enacted in Washington, D.C. to give tenants the first opportunity to purchase the home they were renting if their landlord decided to discontinue the use of a property for rental purposes, convert a property to condominium or sell the property, so that residents would not be displaced; and

Whereas, TOPA resulted in the conversion of over 10,000 units to direct tenant ownership or by chosen developers; and

Whereas, New reports have indicated that community-based organizations, such as the Community Service Society, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, the New Economy Project and other advocacy groups would support New York legislation similar to TOPA, which would give tenants the first option to buy their landlord’s property if it is put up for sale; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, legislation mandating that any owner intending to sell a multi-unit residential dwelling, must first make a fairly appraised offer of sale to the tenants within the residence before making any sale offers to third parties.

 

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