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Meeting Name: Committee on Housing and Buildings Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 12/13/2018 10:30 AM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Council Chambers - City Hall
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Int 0030-2018 *Margaret S. Chin  Recovery of relocation expenses incurred by the department of housing preservation and development pursuant to a vacate order.IntroductionThis bill would require an owner to deposit money in an escrow account, with the department as escrowee, equal to 10% of the rent roll for five years preceding the vacate order for the recovery of relocation expenses incurred.   Not available Not available
Int 0059-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Required disclosures by persons making buyout offers.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to report on median market rate rents, disaggregated by community district and number of bedrooms. It would also require persons making buyout offers to disclose such median market rate rents and calculate the number of months of such rent such buyout offer would cover.   Not available Not available
Int 0551-2018 *Mark Levine  Disclosure of information regarding buyout agreements.IntroductionThis bill would provide that, where owners of rent-regulated apartments enter into “buyout agreements” with their tenants, those agreements must be filed with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) within 45 days of execution. A buyout agreement is an agreement where the owner pays the tenant money to vacate his or her apartment. Failure to file the agreement would result in a civil penalty of $100 per day for every day that the buyout agreement is not timely filed. The bill would also require that HPD annually report to the Mayor and Council information concerning filed buyout agreements   Not available Not available
Int 0975-2018 *The Public Advocate (Ms. James)  Denying building permits where a residential building has an excessive number of violations.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to deny a building permit when a building of fewer than 35 units has an average of at least three open, immediately hazardous or hazardous housing maintenance code violations or immediately hazardous or major construction code violations per unit, or, when a building has 35 units or more, it has an average of at least two open, immediately hazardous or hazardous housing maintenance code violations or immediately hazardous or major construction code violations per unit. The local law excludes permits sought to correct DOB or HPD violations.   Not available Not available
Int 0977-2018 *Antonio Reynoso  Mandatory sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval.IntroductionThis bill would expand the mandatory sanctions applicable for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval to those whose applications within any 12-month period contained errors that resulted in a stop work order. It would also require that the Department of Buildings submit an annual report to the Council on registered design professionals who have been excluded, suspended or otherwise sanctioned by the department.   Not available Not available
Int 1107-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring contractors to prepare and submit tenant protection plans, and to repeal section 28-104.8.4 of the administrative code.IntroductionThis bill would require contractors to prepare and submit for approval tenant protection plans when seeking a permit to perform construction. This bill would repeal law that requires architects or engineers to prepare and submit such plans.   Not available Not available
Int 1171-2018 *Ritchie J. Torres  Identifying unlawful statements in submissions to the DOB.IntroductionThis bill would (a) require the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Finance (DOF) to share information in order to identify cases of false statements regarding occupied and rent-regulated housing; (b) require DOB to request information from the Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DCHR) to identify false statements regarding occupied and rent-regulated housing; (c) require DOB to conduct an audit of an owner’s whole portfolio of properties using information obtained from DOF if the owner has been caught either failing to obtain a building permit or submitting false statements regarding occupied and rent-regulated housing on an application for a building permit; (d) require DOB to audit 25% of buildings on the Department of Housing Development and Preservation’s speculation watch list for their compliance with building permit requirements on an annual basis; and (e) require DOB to audit the whole portfolio of owners who have an unusually high number of amended building permits. When DOB finds evidence of ?a false statement, the bill would also require DOB to: (a) send written notice to the NYC Council, the Department of Investigations, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and the Tenant Protection Unit; (b) refer the matter to the relevant District Attorney and the Attorney General for potential criminal prosecution; and (c) report on the punitive actions it took in every case in which it found evidence of a falsified application for a building permit.   Not available Not available
Int 1241-2018 *Alicka Ampry-Samuel   Expanding sanctions for submission of professionally-certified false or noncompliant building permit applications or plans.IntroductionThis bill would expand penalties for violating the Department of Buildings’ professional certification program to apply to the offending professional’s firm of employment as well as the professional personally.   Not available Not available
Int 1242-2018 *Diana Ayala   Expanding available data in the online property owner registry.IntroductionThis bill expands the HPD online property owner registry by requiring inclusion of DOB violations related to construction as harassment, including but not limited to work without a permit, work in violation of a stop work order, and work done absent or in violation of a lawful tenant protection plan. The bill also requires HPD to make best efforts to obtain rent overcharge information from the state Department of Homes and Community Renewal and incorporate into the registry.   Not available Not available
Int 1247-2018 *Fernando Cabrera   Providing residents with copies of notices of violations.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to provide copies of any notice of violation issued against a property to the residents of that property as well as the property owner or managing agent. As well, the Department must include a form explaining how the resident may provide testimony or otherwise participate in the adjudication process for the notice, as well as confirming the date and time for the adjudication.   Not available Not available
Int 1257-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Granting access to the department of buildings as a condition of obtaining a permit.IntroductionThis bill would require a holder of a DOB permit to grant access to DOB as a condition of continuing work and retaining the permit.   Not available Not available
Int 1258-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Mandating audits of the records of process servers.IntroductionThis bill would require that the commissioner of consumer affairs annually audit the records of at least 20% of licensed process servers who have served for a housing court proceeding. The bill will also require that litigants are informed that a process server or process serving agency has failed its audit.   Not available Not available
Int 1277-2018 *The Public Advocate (Ms. James)  Preliminary inspections.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to inspect 15 percent of buildings where construction applications indicate that the building was previously occupied and is now vacant, before approving applications for those construction permits.   Not available Not available
Int 1274-2018 *Mark Levine  Requiring landlords to obtain and provide tenants with the previous four years of rental history.IntroductionThis bill would require owners of rent stabilized units to obtain the previous four years rent history from the department of housing and community renewal and provide such information to new tenants.   Not available Not available
Int 1275-2018 *Keith Powers   Denying permits for occupied buildings.IntroductionThis legislation would deny any permits for 1 year to property owners who falsely state, on construction documents, the number of occupied units in the building. Property owners who perform construction on a tenant occupied property without a permit would also be denied any permits for 1 year from the date their violation is discovered. Permits will be granted only for emergency work or to correct outstanding code violations to protect public health and safety.   Not available Not available
Int 1278-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Requiring heightened review of tenant protection plans and increased enforcement of building code standards.IntroductionThis legislation would require the commissioner of the department of buildings to review tenant protection plans to ensure that dust mitigation and debris removal efforts are described to demonstrate compliance with the New York State Air Quality Standards, New York City Air Pollution Control Code, New York City Construction Codes. Tenant protection plans would also be reviewed for details demonstrating compliance efforts in accordance with the New York City Fire Code, the New York City Electrical Code and the New York City Plumbing Code. The bill would also require that the department of buildings conduct inspections of 20 percent of sites with tenant protection plans within seven days of work commencing and inspect sites again every 120 days until construction is complete to verify compliance with the tenant protection plan. The department is also required to conduct inspections in response to complaints about construction within 72 hours.   Not available Not available
Int 1280-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Tenant protection plan and penalties for false statements relating to tenant occupancy on certain construction documents.IntroductionThis bill would require that construction documents for alterations also identify the total number of units in the building and the total number of occupied units in the building. The bill would also establish specific civil and criminal penalties for submitting false information to obtain a PW-1 building permit of no less than $10,000 for the first offense and no less than $25,000 for each subsequent offense.   Not available Not available
Int 1279-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Requiring the DOB and the HPD to audit a certain percentage of certifications of correction.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to audit no fewer than 25 percent of certifications of corrections filed by owners to ensure that owners have addressed the violations they receive related to their property.   Not available Not available