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File #: Int 1777-2019    Version: * Name: Inspections of apartments rented with city rental assistance vouchers.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 10/30/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to inspections of apartments rented with city rental assistance vouchers
Sponsors: Diana Ayala , Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Social Services (DSS) to conduct inspections of apartments rented with rental assistance vouchers administered by DSS. The inspections would be conducted prior to any family or individual moving into such apartment.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1777, 2. Int. No. 1777, 3. October 30, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-30-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 30, 2019

Int. No. 1777

 

By Council Members Ayala and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to inspections of apartments rented with city rental assistance vouchers

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 21 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-144 to read as follows:

§ 21-144 Definitions. a. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

                     Rental assistance voucher. The term “rental assistance voucher” means financial assistance provided by the department of the purpose of paying a recipient’s rent on an ongoing basis.

                     Vacate order. The term “vacate order” means any vacate order issued by the department of buildings, the department of housing preservation and development, or the fire department.

b. Apartment inspections. The department shall conduct an inspection of every apartment or room prior to such apartment or room being approved for usage of a rental assistance voucher. Such inspection shall include the following:

1. A review of whether the building has open vacate orders affecting either the entire building or the individual apartment or room;

2. Whether the building has a stop work order in effect that affects either the entire building or the individual apartment or room intended for use;

3. Whether there are any relevant complaints to the department of buildings about either the entire building or the individual apartment or room;

4. Whether the unit appears to be a legal apartment as per its certificate of occupancy issued by the department of buildings;

5. Whether there is a building owner listed for the unit;

6. Whether the unit has any open lead-based paint violations;

7. Whether the building has open litigation for heat and hot water;

8. Whether the building is subject to comprehensive litigation;

9. Whether the entire building or the individual apartment or room has any health and safety issues including excess garbage, a clear path to egress and sufficient lighting in halls and stairwells, adequate number of windows, evidence of rats, mice, roaches or other vermin, evidence of leaks, presence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; and

10. Any other health or safety issues or concerns the department deems relevant.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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