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File #: Int 2265-2021    Version: * Name: Stove safety knobs.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 4/22/2021
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to stove safety knobs
Sponsors: Laurie A. Cumbo, Margaret S. Chin, Ben Kallos, Farah N. Louis, Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Summary: This bill would amend the Housing Maintenance Code by requiring owners of units in multiple dwellings to provide to tenants the option of either permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers for each knob located on the front of each gas-powered stove.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 2265, 2. Int. No. 2265, 3. April 22, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-22-21, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 22, 2021, 6. Committee Report 9/13/21, 7. Hearing Testimony 9/13/21, 8. Hearing Transcript 9/13/21

Int. No. 2265

 

By Council Members Cumbo, Chin, Kallos, Louis and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to stove safety knobs

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 27-2046.4 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 117 for the year 2018, is amended to read as follows:

§ 27-2046.4 Stovetop protection. a. An owner of a unit in a multiple dwelling shall provide the tenant with the option of either permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers, for each knob located on the front of each gas-powered stove to tenants in each dwelling unit in which the owner knows or reasonably should know a child under six years of age resides, except where such owner has documented proof that there is no available permanent stove safety knob with an integrated locking mechanism or stove knob cover that is compatible with the knobs on such stove. Such permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers shall be made available within thirty days of such owner providing the notice required in subdivision b of this section unless such owner has previously made such permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers available to the tenant and the tenant has not requested a replacement.

b. 1. Such owner shall provide an annual notice to each tenant of a unit regarding the owner's obligation to provide permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers pursuant to subdivision a of this section. Such notice shall inform the tenant of [his or her] the tenant’s option to refuse permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers.

2. Upon being provided with such notice, a tenant may notify such owner, in writing, that such tenant refuses permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers. If the tenant does not notify the owner, in writing, that the tenant refuses permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers, the owner will make the permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers available to the tenant pursuant to subdivision a of this section.

3. An owner [will] shall keep a record of: (i) written notifications of refusal of permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers received from a tenant of a dwelling unit, (ii) the owner's attempts to provide permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers to tenants pursuant to subdivision a of this section, (iii) units for which permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers were made available, and (iv) tenants who have requested permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers.

c. No owner shall refuse a written request of a tenant of such dwelling unit to provide permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers, regardless of whether making such covers available is required pursuant to this section.

d. Any owner who is required to provide permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers pursuant to this section who fails to do so shall be liable for a class B hazardous violation, provided that it shall be an exception to a violation where (i) the owner provides documented proof that there is no available permanent stove safety knob with an integrated locking mechanism or stove knob cover that is compatible with [the knobs on] such stove or (ii) the owner has already fulfilled two requests for replacement permanent stove safety knobs with integrated locking mechanisms or stove knob covers within the previous year.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of housing preservation and development shall take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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