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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: Final  
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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 establish that outstanding charges resulting from relocation expenses incurred by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development following the issuance of certain vacate orders constitute a tax lien on a property.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
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 establish that outstanding charges resulting from relocation expenses incurred by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development following the issuance of certain vacate orders constitute a tax lien on a property.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 asking rents, disaggregated by community district and number of bedrooms. This bill would also require persons making buyout offers to make certain disclosures.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 asking rents, disaggregated by community district and number of bedrooms. This bill would also require persons making buyout offers to make certain disclosures.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0551-2018 *Mark Levine  Filing information regarding buyout agreements.IntroductionThis bill would require that, where owners of apartments enter into “buyout agreements” with their tenants, the owners must electronically submit certain information about the terms of the agreement to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) within 90 days of execution. A buyout agreement is an agreement where the owner pays the tenant money to vacate his or her apartment. Failure to submit this information would result in liability for a non-hazardous violation under section 27-2115 for the owner. The bill would also require that HPD annually report to the Mayor and Council information collected about buyout agreementsHearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0551-2018 *Mark Levine  Filing information regarding buyout agreements.IntroductionThis bill would require that, where owners of apartments enter into “buyout agreements” with their tenants, the owners must electronically submit certain information about the terms of the agreement to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) within 90 days of execution. A buyout agreement is an agreement where the owner pays the tenant money to vacate his or her apartment. Failure to submit this information would result in liability for a non-hazardous violation under section 27-2115 for the owner. The bill would also require that HPD annually report to the Mayor and Council information collected about buyout agreementsLaid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0975-2018 *Justin L. Brannan  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 bill would not apply to condominiums or cooperatives, and exempts permits sought to correct outstanding DOB or HPD violations, permits necessary to protect public health and safety, properties that are the subject of certain court proceedings, and permits required for certain DOB or HPD programs.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0975-2018 *Justin L. Brannan  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 bill would not apply to condominiums or cooperatives, and exempts permits sought to correct outstanding DOB or HPD violations, permits necessary to protect public health and safety, properties that are the subject of certain court proceedings, and permits required for certain DOB or HPD programs.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0977-2018 *Antonio Reynoso  Sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval.IntroductionThis bill would permit the Department of Buildings (DOB) to sanction registered design professionals who submit professionally certified applications for construction document approval within any 12-month period that contain errors that result in a stop work order. It would also require that the DOB maintain a database in a non-proprietary machine-readable format that permits automatic processing, of registered design professionals who have been excluded, suspended or otherwise sanctioned by the DOB.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 0977-2018 *Antonio Reynoso  Sanctions for submitting incorrect professionally certified applications for construction document approval.IntroductionThis bill would permit the Department of Buildings (DOB) to sanction registered design professionals who submit professionally certified applications for construction document approval within any 12-month period that contain errors that result in a stop work order. It would also require that the DOB maintain a database in a non-proprietary machine-readable format that permits automatic processing, of registered design professionals who have been excluded, suspended or otherwise sanctioned by the DOB.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1107-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Submittal of construction documents, applicant and owner statements, and tenant protection plans.IntroductionThis bill would require contractors to prepare and submit for approval tenant protection plans when seeking a permit to perform construction. The bill would require statements by buildings owners and contractors regarding the occupancy of a building and the scope of work of a construction project. Finally, this bill would create the option to submit phased tenant protection plans to reflect the current stage of work.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1107-2018 *Helen K. Rosenthal  Submittal of construction documents, applicant and owner statements, and tenant protection plans.IntroductionThis bill would require contractors to prepare and submit for approval tenant protection plans when seeking a permit to perform construction. The bill would require statements by buildings owners and contractors regarding the occupancy of a building and the scope of work of a construction project. Finally, this bill would create the option to submit phased tenant protection plans to reflect the current stage of work.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 that indicate a change in occupancy, a change in whether the building contains rent-regulated units, or a change that would require the owner to submit an application for a new permit to the department. When DOB has made a finding that an owner made 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.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 that indicate a change in occupancy, a change in whether the building contains rent-regulated units, or a change that would require the owner to submit an application for a new permit to the department. When DOB has made a finding that an owner made 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.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 supervisor as well as the professional personally.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 supervisor as well as the professional personally.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1242-2018 *Diana Ayala   Expanding available data in the online property owner registry.IntroductionThis bill would expand the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) online property owner registry by requiring inclusion of Department of Building (DOB) violations related to construction as harassment, including violations of work without a permit and work in violation of a stop work order. It would also require HPD to include rent overcharge information from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and incorporate that information into the registry, if available.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1242-2018 *Diana Ayala   Expanding available data in the online property owner registry.IntroductionThis bill would expand the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) online property owner registry by requiring inclusion of Department of Building (DOB) violations related to construction as harassment, including violations of work without a permit and work in violation of a stop work order. It would also require HPD to include rent overcharge information from New York State Homes and Community Renewal and incorporate that information into the registry, if available.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1247-2018 *Fernando Cabrera   Providing residents with copies of notices of violations.IntroductionThis bill would require owners of residential buildings to provide copies of any notice of violation issued against a property to the residents of that property. For a violation in a common area or that affects all residents, the owner would be required to post a copy of the notice of violation conspicuously in the lobby. For a violation in an occupied unit, the owner would be required to distribute a copy of the notice of violation to residents of each adjacent unit. As well, the Department of Buildings must create a pamphlet or flyer explaining the adjudication process for such violations, to be distributed with the copies of notices of violations.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1247-2018 *Fernando Cabrera   Providing residents with copies of notices of violations.IntroductionThis bill would require owners of residential buildings to provide copies of any notice of violation issued against a property to the residents of that property. For a violation in a common area or that affects all residents, the owner would be required to post a copy of the notice of violation conspicuously in the lobby. For a violation in an occupied unit, the owner would be required to distribute a copy of the notice of violation to residents of each adjacent unit. As well, the Department of Buildings must create a pamphlet or flyer explaining the adjudication process for such violations, to be distributed with the copies of notices of violations.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1257-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Inspections of construction sites for which the department of buildings has issued 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.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1257-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Inspections of construction sites for which the department of buildings has issued 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.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1258-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Mandating audits of the records of process servers and creating a notification system regarding licensed process servers who have had their licenses suspended, revoked or who have had renewal denied.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) annually audit the records of at least 20% of licensed process servers who have served at least one summons, subpoena, notice, citation or other process for a housing court proceeding. The bill would also require that process servers notify the DCA every six month if they have served process for a housing court proceeding. This bill would further require that the DCA post on its website, and notify process serving agencies, when a process server has been disciplined, or where the process server’s license has been suspended, revoked, or license renewal is denied.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1258-2018 *Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.  Mandating audits of the records of process servers and creating a notification system regarding licensed process servers who have had their licenses suspended, revoked or who have had renewal denied.IntroductionThis bill would require that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) annually audit the records of at least 20% of licensed process servers who have served at least one summons, subpoena, notice, citation or other process for a housing court proceeding. The bill would also require that process servers notify the DCA every six month if they have served process for a housing court proceeding. This bill would further require that the DCA post on its website, and notify process serving agencies, when a process server has been disciplined, or where the process server’s license has been suspended, revoked, or license renewal is denied.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1277-2018 *Alicka Ampry-Samuel   Preliminary inspections.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to perform preliminary inspections to verify the occupancy status of purportedly unoccupied buildings undergoing construction.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1277-2018 *Alicka Ampry-Samuel   Preliminary inspections.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to perform preliminary inspections to verify the occupancy status of purportedly unoccupied buildings undergoing construction.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 multiple dwellings to obtain the previous four years rent history from the department of housing and community renewal for each dwelling unit, if available, and provide such information to the current tenant of each such dwelling unit.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 multiple dwellings to obtain the previous four years rent history from the department of housing and community renewal for each dwelling unit, if available, and provide such information to the current tenant of each such dwelling unit.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1275-2018 *Keith Powers   Denying permits for occupied buildings.IntroductionThis bill would deny permits for 1 year for a building following a determination that a false statement about the occupancy status was made on a construction application for that building. The bill would also deny permits for 1 year for a building following a determination that work was conducted without a permit while such building was occupied. The bill would not apply to condominiums or cooperatives, and exempts permits sought to correct outstanding DOB or HPD violations, permits necessary to protect public health and safety, properties that are the subject of certain court proceedings, and permits required for certain DOB or HPD programs.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1275-2018 *Keith Powers   Denying permits for occupied buildings.IntroductionThis bill would deny permits for 1 year for a building following a determination that a false statement about the occupancy status was made on a construction application for that building. The bill would also deny permits for 1 year for a building following a determination that work was conducted without a permit while such building was occupied. The bill would not apply to condominiums or cooperatives, and exempts permits sought to correct outstanding DOB or HPD violations, permits necessary to protect public health and safety, properties that are the subject of certain court proceedings, and permits required for certain DOB or HPD programs.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1278-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Requiring heightened review of tenant protection plans and increased enforcement of building code standards.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to approve Tenant Protection Plans prior to construction and periodically inspect construction sites to ensure compliance with approved Tenant Protection Plans.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1278-2018 *Carlina Rivera   Requiring heightened review of tenant protection plans and increased enforcement of building code standards.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Buildings to approve Tenant Protection Plans prior to construction and periodically inspect construction sites to ensure compliance with approved Tenant Protection Plans.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 contain a statement signed by the owner and applicant identifying any occupied units in the building. The bill would also establish specific civil and criminal penalties for submitting false information to obtain a building permit of no less than $10,000 for the first offense, and no less than $25,000 for each subsequent offense.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 contain a statement signed by the owner and applicant identifying any occupied units in the building. The bill would also establish specific civil and criminal penalties for submitting false information to obtain a building permit of no less than $10,000 for the first offense, and no less than $25,000 for each subsequent offense.Laid Over by Committee  Action details 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 and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to audit Certifications of Correction filed in connection with immediately hazardous violations.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details 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 and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to audit Certifications of Correction filed in connection with immediately hazardous violations.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available