Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of housing laws today. The legislation (S.69 / A.297) contains provisions regarding small claims jurisdiction where the plaintiff is a lessee or lessee of real estate owned by the defendant and located within certain limits. The legislation (S.290 / A.113) exempts the right of a debtor to his stabilized rental agreement from bankruptcy proceedings.
“We are taking steps to ensure that those who may find themselves in difficult situations do not have to worry about losing their homes,” he added. Governor Hochul said. âExpanding and strengthening tenants’ rights brings peace of mind to those who rent out their homes. I am proud to sign these bills because every New Yorker deserves the dignity of a roof over their head. “
Legislation S.69 / A.297 allows residential tenants fair access to small claims courts by allowing them to bring an action in small claims court located in the area where the rental accommodation is located. Previously, the law imposed an unfair burden on the tenant in terms of returning their security deposit or other claims, forcing tenants to file a claim in the jurisdiction where the owner’s business is located.
Senator Brad Hoylman said, âBad landlords, beware: New York has taken another step to protect tenants. With today’s signing of (S.69 / A.297), we have removed an unfair burden in law that made it difficult for tenants to bring landlords to court if the landlord lived in a different county than the tenant or out of state. Congratulations Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Member of Assembly Gottfried and my colleagues in both houses for their support for this legislation and for respecting tenants’ rights. “
Assembly member Richard Gottfried said, “Small claims court can be an important resource for tenants to seek relief in disputes with a landlord without the expense and difficulty of going through extended upper court proceedings. For example, a landlord who does not provide heating or repairs may violate the lease and owe compensation. But if the landlord’s office is in another county, the tenant has not been able to sue in Small Claims Court. This law will allow tenants to sue action in the county or town where the property is located. I thank Governor Hochul for understanding that landlords should not be able to shirk their responsibilities to their tenants just by having their home or office away. “
Legislation S.290 / A.113 protects bankrupt debtors by granting them relief from their interest in their stabilized rental lease.
Senator Zellnor Myrie said, âNew Yorkers facing bankruptcy are already in dire straits; threatening their lease in rent-stabilized housing simply adds insult to injury. By passing this law, New York is committing to more stable communities as we emerge from the economic uncertainty of the past two years. I am grateful to Governor Hochul and Assembly Member Perry for passing this important bill.
Assembly member Nick Perry said, “As our state rebuilds itself from this pandemic, we must protect the vulnerable New Yorkers who have suffered the most. I applaud Governor Hochul for signing my bill, A.113, which will protect and will bring some relief to those individuals and families who have gone through difficult times, and keep them at home by exempting their interest in their rent-stabilized apartment from bankruptcy proceedings, a financial restart and utilizing the bankruptcy process.