Weekly Report

Weekly Report for December 2, 2022

NYSAR Call for Action – NYC Council bill banning criminal background checks for tenants (Public Hearing scheduled December 8, 2022)
The New York City Council has scheduled a public hearing this Thursday, December 8 at 10 a.m. on Int. 632 – a bill that would prohibit landlords and real estate agents from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants in New York City, also known as the “Fair Chance Housing” bill. If you are a New York City resident, Take Action today to tell your City Council Member and Mayor Eric Adams that you oppose this measure.

NYSAR opposes the bill as drafted and has raised public safety concerns with City Council Members. A copy of NYSAR’s memo in opposition to the bill can be read here. NYSAR and individual REALTORS® will testify at the hearing. To register to testify via zoom, click here and select the December 8, Committee on Civil and Human Rights hearing and reference the bill Int. 632 as the subject of testimony. You do not have to pre-register if you are attending the meeting in-person. Stream the hearing live here.

Department of State proposes new cease and desist zone in parts of Brooklyn
The Department of State is proposing the creation of a new cease and desist zone in areas of Brooklyn near East Flatbush, also referred to as Community Board 17. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until January 23, 2023. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment can email: [email protected]. NYSAR will be providing comments on the proposal as we oppose the imposition of cease and desist zones which restrict commonly used business practices by licensed real estate professionals. Read the DOS proposal here.

State Supreme Court strikes down City of Newburgh good cause eviction law
On Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sciortino struck down the City of Newburgh’s local good cause eviction law (Local Law 6), ruling that it conflicted with state property law. The lawsuit was brough against the city council by a group of local landlords. Judge Sciortino’s decision noted that while state law enables landlords to evict tenants who overstay their leases, Newburgh’s law “expands the rights of the tenant” by requiring landlords to do more to evict renters and clearly conflicts with landlord’s rights. The City of Newburgh could appeal the decision. Read more here.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected House Minority Leader
This week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) was elected next House Minority Leader following the earlier announcement that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be stepping aside from her leadership position. NYSAR and NAR have continued to foster a productive working relationship with Rep. Jeffries since being elected to Congress in 2012. Prior to that, Rep. Jeffries served in the State Assembly from 2007 to 2012.

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