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Meeting Name: Committee on Housing and Buildings Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 10/31/2016 10:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: 250 Broadway - Committee Rm, 16th Fl.
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Attachments: Attachments - Int. No. 930, Attachments - Int. No. 967, Attachments - Int. No. 1210, Attachments - Int. No. 1218, Attachments - Int. No. 1211
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Int 0930-2015 *Ben Kallos  Distressed buildings subject to foreclosure by action in rem.IntroductionThis bill would expand the definition of distressed to include buildings which are subject to Environmental Control Board (ECB) judgments as a result of building code violations in the amount of a lien to value ratio equal to or greater than 25%. This bill would also require the Department of Finance to report on tax lien activities as a result of ECB debt, including the number of buildings subject to tax liens for ECB judgment debts, the location of the buildings, the number of dwelling units in each building, and recommendations for whether a 25 percent lien to value ratio is an appropriate threshold for property to be considered distressed.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0930-2015 *Ben Kallos  Distressed buildings subject to foreclosure by action in rem.IntroductionThis bill would expand the definition of distressed to include buildings which are subject to Environmental Control Board (ECB) judgments as a result of building code violations in the amount of a lien to value ratio equal to or greater than 25%. This bill would also require the Department of Finance to report on tax lien activities as a result of ECB debt, including the number of buildings subject to tax liens for ECB judgment debts, the location of the buildings, the number of dwelling units in each building, and recommendations for whether a 25 percent lien to value ratio is an appropriate threshold for property to be considered distressed.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0967-2015 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Construction conditions in housing development projects.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to create a list of preferred contractors, which takes into account construction conditions and incidents of wage theft. It would also require HPD to track construction conditions by developer, and contractor and create an ombudsperson position within HPD to respond to such construction conditions.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0967-2015 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Construction conditions in housing development projects.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to create a list of preferred contractors, which takes into account construction conditions and incidents of wage theft. It would also require HPD to track construction conditions by developer, and contractor and create an ombudsperson position within HPD to respond to such construction conditions.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1210-2016 *Ritchie J. Torres  Creating a program for evaluation of certain multiple dwellings and transactions to establish a speculation list.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to create a publicly available “watch list” of rent-regulated buildings where, based on several factors, tenants might be at risk of being displaced. Buildings on the watch list may be prioritized for HPD preservation programs or initiatives. An example of a factor indicating a displacement risk would be a low “capitalization rate,” which indicates that a developer purchased a property for more than market value and might suggest that the developer plans to displace current tenants to transition the property to a more lucrative use.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1210-2016 *Ritchie J. Torres  Creating a program for evaluation of certain multiple dwellings and transactions to establish a speculation list.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to create a publicly available “watch list” of rent-regulated buildings where, based on several factors, tenants might be at risk of being displaced. Buildings on the watch list may be prioritized for HPD preservation programs or initiatives. An example of a factor indicating a displacement risk would be a low “capitalization rate,” which indicates that a developer purchased a property for more than market value and might suggest that the developer plans to displace current tenants to transition the property to a more lucrative use.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1211-2016 *Ritchie J. Torres  Creating a rebuttable presumption regarding harassment.IntroductionThis bill creates a rebuttable presumption that where a multiple dwelling has a debt service ratio of less than 1.05, harassing acts or omissions committed by the owner of such multiple dwelling caused or were intended to cause the tenant to vacate the dwelling.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1211-2016 *Ritchie J. Torres  Creating a rebuttable presumption regarding harassment.IntroductionThis bill creates a rebuttable presumption that where a multiple dwelling has a debt service ratio of less than 1.05, harassing acts or omissions committed by the owner of such multiple dwelling caused or were intended to cause the tenant to vacate the dwelling.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1218-2016 *Vincent J. Gentile  Illegal conversionsIntroductionThis bill would increase the penalties for illegally converting residential space so that it contains three or more dwelling units above the amount legally allowed. The bill contains a one-time exception for owners that reasonably did not know of such conversion and who promptly took steps to correct the condition. The bill would also require that the Department of Buildings (DOB) seek to obtain an access warrant where it is unable to obtain access to a building where it suspects an illegal conversion has occurred.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1218-2016 *Vincent J. Gentile  Illegal conversionsIntroductionThis bill would increase the penalties for illegally converting residential space so that it contains three or more dwelling units above the amount legally allowed. The bill contains a one-time exception for owners that reasonably did not know of such conversion and who promptly took steps to correct the condition. The bill would also require that the Department of Buildings (DOB) seek to obtain an access warrant where it is unable to obtain access to a building where it suspects an illegal conversion has occurred.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available