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Meeting Name: Committee on Housing and Buildings Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 4/29/2015 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
Jointly with the Committee on Consumer Affairs
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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Attachments: Attachments - Int. No. 682, Attachments - Int. No. 700, Attachments - Int. No. 757
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Int 0682-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Conduct in connection with offers to induce a person to vacate a dwelling unit.IntroductionThere have recently been several reported incidents of building owners hiring tenant relocation specialists to try to convince tenants, many of whom are rent-regulated, to leave their apartments. This bill would create a licensing scheme for tenant relocation specialists and agencies which would require applicants to pass an exam, furnish a surety bond, pay a licensing fee and make initial contact with tenants in writing. It would also bar licensees from harassing tenants or providing false information to tenants. Finally, this bill would require the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs to provide an annual report to the Mayor and the Council on the implementation of this law.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0682-2015 *Daniel R. Garodnick  Conduct in connection with offers to induce a person to vacate a dwelling unit.IntroductionThere have recently been several reported incidents of building owners hiring tenant relocation specialists to try to convince tenants, many of whom are rent-regulated, to leave their apartments. This bill would create a licensing scheme for tenant relocation specialists and agencies which would require applicants to pass an exam, furnish a surety bond, pay a licensing fee and make initial contact with tenants in writing. It would also bar licensees from harassing tenants or providing false information to tenants. Finally, this bill would require the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs to provide an annual report to the Mayor and the Council on the implementation of this law.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0700-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Required disclosures by persons making buyout offers.IntroductionThis bill would amend the Housing Maintenance Code’s definition of “harassment” to make it unlawful for a dwelling owner, or an owner’s agent, to make a tenant buyout offer without first: (1) notifying the tenant that he or she has the right to refuse the buyout offer, and (2) disclosing that the person making the buyout offer is an agent of the tenant’s landlord (where such person is someone other than the landlord).Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0700-2015 *Jumaane D. Williams  Required disclosures by persons making buyout offers.IntroductionThis bill would amend the Housing Maintenance Code’s definition of “harassment” to make it unlawful for a dwelling owner, or an owner’s agent, to make a tenant buyout offer without first: (1) notifying the tenant that he or she has the right to refuse the buyout offer, and (2) disclosing that the person making the buyout offer is an agent of the tenant’s landlord (where such person is someone other than the landlord).Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0757-2015 *Melissa Mark-Viverito  Amending the definition of harassment to include certain buyout offers.IntroductionThis bill makes contacting a tenant about a buyout offer, after such tenant has notified the owner or his or her agent that such tenant does not wish to be communicated with about buyouts, a form of harassment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0757-2015 *Melissa Mark-Viverito  Amending the definition of harassment to include certain buyout offers.IntroductionThis bill makes contacting a tenant about a buyout offer, after such tenant has notified the owner or his or her agent that such tenant does not wish to be communicated with about buyouts, a form of harassment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
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