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In 2015, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) published “The ABCs of Housing,” an information guide meant to inform tenants and owners of their rights and obligations with respect to maintaining safe and habitable housing. This bill would amend the rights and responsibilities guide for tenants and owners, published by HPD in accordance with Local Law 45/2014, to include information regarding a tenant’s obligation to pay rent in cases where the owner is found to be violating the building’s certificate of occupancy.

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Int. No. 549


By Council Member Levine


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the rights and responsibilities of tenants and owners regarding the lawful collection of rents


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


                     Section 1.  Paragraph 1 of subdivision b of section 26-1102 of the administrative code of New York, as added by local law 45 of 2014, is amended to read as follows:

(1) owners' responsibilities with respect to eviction, heat and hot water, pest management, repairs and maintenance, tenant organizations, rent-regulated leases, rental assistance for elderly or disabled tenants, the limitation on the collection of rents if the owner violates the dwelling’s certificate of occupancy, and housing discrimination;


                                          § 2.  This local law shall take effect 120 days after enactment, except that the commissioner of the department of housing preservation and development may take such actions as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.



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