Bill Text: NY S04465 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Prohibits landlords from refusing to deal with certain people solely because those people were involved in prior summary proceedings.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-12 - REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS [S04465 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04465-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          4465
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 12, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by Sens. GIANARIS, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered print-
          ed, and when printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Investi-
          gations and Government Operations
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to a tenant blacklist
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 2 of  section  296  of  the  executive  law  is
     2  amended by adding a new paragraph (a-1) to read as follows:
     3    (a-1)  It  shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for the owner,
     4  lessee, sublessee, assignee,  or  managing  agent  of  publicly-assisted
     5  housing accommodations or  other person having the right of ownership or
     6  possession  of  or  the  right to rent or lease   such accommodations to
     7  refuse to sell, rent or lease or otherwise deny or to withhold from  any
     8  person  or  group  of  persons such a housing accommodation on the basis
     9  that such person or group of persons were involved in past,  ongoing  or
    10  current  landlord-tenant  action  or  summary  proceeding emanating from
    11  article seven of the real property law, except where the tenant or group
    12  of tenants have not satisfied the order.
    13    § 2. Subdivision 3-b of section 296 of the executive law,  as  amended
    14  by chapter 8 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
    15    3-b.  It  shall  be  an  unlawful discriminatory practice for any real
    16  estate broker, real estate salesperson or employee or agent  thereof  or
    17  any  other  individual, corporation, partnership or organization for the
    18  purpose of inducing a real estate transaction from which any such person
    19  or any of its stockholders or members may benefit financially, to repre-
    20  sent that a change has occurred or will or may occur in the  composition
    21  with respect to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation,
    22  gender  identity  or expression, military status, sex, disability, past,
    23  ongoing or current landlord-tenant action or summary proceeding  emanat-
    24  ing  from  article  seven  of  the real property law, marital status, or
    25  familial status of the owners or occupants in the block, neighborhood or
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1  area in which the real property is located, and to  represent,  directly
     2  or indirectly, that this change will or may result in undesirable conse-
     3  quences in the block, neighborhood or area in which the real property is
     4  located,  including  but not limited to the lowering of property values,
     5  an increase in criminal or anti-social behavior, or  a  decline  in  the
     6  quality of schools or other facilities.
     7    §  3.  Paragraph  (a) of subdivision 5 of section 296 of the executive
     8  law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 1-a to read as follows:
     9    (1-a) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for  the  owner,
    10  lessee,  sublessee,  assignee, or managing agent of, or any other person
    11  having the right  to  sell,  rent  or  lease  a  housing  accommodation,
    12  constructed  or  to be constructed, or any agent or employee thereof, to
    13  refuse to sell, rent or lease or otherwise deny or to withhold from  any
    14  person  or  group  of  persons such a housing accommodation on the basis
    15  that such person or group of persons were involved in past,  ongoing  or
    16  current  landlord-tenant  action  or  summary  proceeding emanating from
    17  article seven of the real property law,   except  where  the  tenant  or
    18  group of tenants have not satisfied the order.
    19    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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