This bill would require the owners of residential buildings (R-1 or R-2 occupancies) where an elevator is used for residential service, to provide reasonable accommodations during outages longer than a day when necessary for any affected resident with a disability. It further requires that a plan detailing the accommodations during a service outage be created and maintained by building owners and that a copy of the plan be provided to residents in advance of anticipated outages.
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Int. No. 565
By Council Members Treyger and Rosenthal
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to elevator service outage accommodations
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Section 28-304.10 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 141 for the year 2013 and amended by local law number 47 of 2015, is amended to read as follows:
§ 28-304.10 Occupant notification. In occupancy groups R-1 and R-2, when an elevator is to be out of service, a notice identifying the type of work to be performed and the expected start and end dates for such outage shall be provided in English, Spanish, and such other languages as the department may provide by rule, in accordance with sections 28-304.10.1 and 28-304.10.2. Such notification shall include a copy of the elevator service outage accommodation plan required by section 28-304.11.1.
§ 2. Article 304 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 28-304.11 to read as follows:
§ 28-304.11 Service outage accommodation. In addition to any reasonable accommodations required by other city, state or federal laws or rules, when a passenger elevator in a building that contains space classified in occupancy group R-1 or R-2 is or will be out of service for more than twenty-four hours, the owner shall, upon request of an affected resident with a disability, as defined by rules promulgated by the department in conjunction with the department of health and mental hygiene and the mayor’s office for people with disabilities, provide, for the duration of such outage, a reasonable alternative method of transportation between floors, exclusive of stairs, or a reasonable accommodation for such resident.
1. An elevator that serves only one dwelling unit, provided that such unit is occupied by the owner of the building containing such unit.
2. An elevator service outage that results from a general public utility outage, as defined by department rule.
§ 28-304.11.1 Elevator service outage accommodation plan. An owner of a building that contains space classified in occupancy group R-1 or R-2 must develop an elevator service outage accommodation plan detailing any alternative method of transportation or accommodation that will be provided in accordance with section 28-304.11 during an elevator service outage. Such plan must be made available for inspection by the department, the department of housing preservation and development or residents of the building, upon request.
§ 3. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of buildings shall take all actions necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such effective date.