Weekly Report for June 18, 2021
Take Action Now: State’s cold call ban still in effect despite pandemic restrictions being lifted
Tell Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to remove the ongoing cold call restrictions on licensed real estate professionals during a State of Emergency. Although the Governor recently announced the removal of pandemic-related restrictions on businesses, REALTORS® are still being shut out of conducting cold calls due to the ongoing State of Emergency still in effect. This is impeding business and we need to urge Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to put an end to the cold call ban now. Encourage your members and colleagues to Take Action here. You can also call the Governor’s office directly at 518-474-8390 to voice your concerns.
NYSAR submits comment to DHR on new reasonable accommodation requirements
On June 12, NYSAR issued comment to the state Division of Human Rights regarding the proposed state regulation requiring landlords, managing agents and real estate licensees to provide a Reasonable Modification and Accommodation Notice to all prospective and current tenants of a “housing accommodation.” NYSAR raised practical concerns regarding how this notice would be provided in print-form advertisements, such as billboards, classified ads, periodicals, etc., and the delivery requirement of such notice. You can read NYSAR’s full comment here.
NYC Primary Election Day this Tuesday, June 22
Early voting for the New York City primary elections is underway with election day being Tuesday, June 22. New York City voters will use a new ranked-choice voting system for the first time, ranking up to five candidates on the ballot. On the ballot are races for New York City Mayor, City Comptroller, all City Council seats, all five borough president seats, and Manhattan district attorney. You can read candidate bios and learn more about the mayoral and comptroller candidates here.
President Biden looks to address racial inequities in home appraisals
President Joe Biden will create a task force led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to study racial inequities in home appraisals and recommend possible solutions. One major concern is that a push from Washington to boost appraisal values for certain homes could lead to appraisers assessing homes at higher values than they are worth. The group is slated to begin work next month and report its recommendations within 180 days. Read more here.
Judge rules state cannot require providers to offer $15/month broadband service
A federal judge ruled last week that the state cannot require internet providers to offer broadband internet service for low-income customers for $15-a-month. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in April, and was supposed to go into effect this week. Read more here.