This bill would require owners of multiple dwellings to post a notice when making a building amenity unavailable to one or more lawful occupants.
Int. No. 810
By Council Member Williams
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring multiple dwelling owners to provide notice to their tenants prior to temporarily or permanently making building amenities unavailable
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subdivision a of section 27-2004 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph 49 to read as follows:
49. A building amenity is any equipment, feature or space within a multiple dwelling that may be used in common by the lawful occupants of two or more dwelling units, including, but not limited to, entrances, elevators, freight elevators, laundry rooms, laundry equipment, exercise rooms, exercise equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, ping-pong tables, billiard tables, foosball tables, air-hockey tables, swimming pools, changing areas, shower areas, lounge areas, roof terraces, outdoor areas, barbeque equipment, parking spaces, dog runs, dog cleaning facilities, storage units, wireless internet, screening rooms, game rooms or day care facilities.
§2. Section 27-2005 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision g to read as follows:
g. 1. The owner of a multiple dwelling shall post notice pursuant to this subdivision when making a building amenity under such owner’s control unavailable to one or more lawful occupants of such multiple dwelling. Where the owner expects that such unavailability will last for twenty-four hours or more, excluding periods during which such amenity is normally unavailable, such notice shall be posted at least two weeks before making such amenity unavailable. Where the owner expects that such unavailability will last for less than twenty-four hours, notice need not be posted, provided that where such unavailability lasts for twenty-four hours or more, notice shall be posted as soon as practicable after the commencement of such unavailability. The notice required by this subdivision shall be posted in a prominent place within the public part of the multiple dwelling for the lesser of two weeks or the duration of the unavailability, shall identify the building amenity which is to be made unavailable and the expected duration of its unavailability and shall be updated as needed, provided that where the building amenity will be permanently unavailable, such notice shall remain posted for no fewer than thirty days following the first date of such unavailability. Such notice shall be in a form approved by the department and shall be posted in English, Spanish and, where the leases for fifty percent or more of the dwelling units within such multiple dwelling are provided in another language, such other language.
2. The provisions of this section shall not apply to building amenities made unavailable on an emergency basis. The department shall by rule determine what constitutes an emergency basis.
§3. This local law shall takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the department of housing preservation and development shall take such measures, including the promulgation of rules, as are necessary for its implementation prior to such effective date.
LS 2288/ Int. 526-2014