Bill Text: NY A04946 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires landlords to ensure rental properties are equipped with utility services prior to renting such properties and requires landlords to keep utility services connected in between tenants.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-05 - referred to housing [A04946 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04946-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          4946
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 5, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. HUNTER -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Housing
        AN  ACT  to  amend the real property law, in relation to requiring land-
          lords to ensure rental properties are equipped with  utility  services
          prior to renting such properties
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 235-b of the real property law is amended by adding
     2  a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     3    4. The landlord shall not rent nor lease any property to a  tenant  or
     4  tenants  unless  such  property is in compliance with the New York state
     5  uniform fire prevention and building code act described in article eigh-
     6  teen of the executive law, specifically that utility services  are  made
     7  available  to  such  dwelling.  A landlord's failure to be in compliance
     8  with such act prior to rental or lease of such property, shall result in
     9  penalties pursuant to sections 145.15 and 145.20 of the penal law.
    10    § 2. The real property law is amended by adding a new section 235-h to
    11  read as follows:
    12    § 235-h. Duty of  landlord  to  keep  utility  services  connected  in
    13  between  tenants.  1.  A  landlord  shall  participate  in any voluntary
    14  program offered by the utility company that  services  their  rented  or
    15  leased property that would revert all utility accounts to the landlord's
    16  name and keep utility services connected in between tenants.
    17    2.  This  section shall not apply if the utility company in the rented
    18  or leased property's area does not offer such a program.
    19    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04865-01-9
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