Weekly Report for January 14, 2022
New Chapter Amendments and Effective Dates for NYS Fair Housing Laws
On December 21, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of new fair housing bills into law. NYSAR is proud to have worked with state lawmakers over the last two years to strengthen fair housing laws in New York State and is committed to educating REALTORS® about these new laws and regulations. In Governor Hochul’s approval messages for several of these fair housing laws, the governor included a series of technical amendments (or chapter amendments) to amend certain provisions and effective dates of the laws, which the Legislature has agreed to pass early this year. Click here for a description of the new fair housing laws along with the proposed chapter amendments and new effective dates where applicable. NYSAR will continue to post updates when they occur.
NYSAR and Buffalo REALTORS® meet with Sen. Kennedy on landlord-tenant issues
This week, NYSAR and the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® held a joint meeting with State Senator Tim Kennedy to discuss the ongoing challenges being face by both landlords and tenants statewide due to the pandemic. Several REALTORS® living in Senator Kennedy’s district in Buffalo had the opportunity to describe their experiences as landlords dealing with eviction moratoriums, non-payment of rent, and efforts to keep good tenants in their buildings. Also discussed were the harmful impacts that the state good cause eviction bill (S.3082/A.5573) would have on housing stock, tenants and small landlords.
Brooklyn REALTORS® testify at public hearing on cease and desist zone proposal
In November 2021, Governor Hochul signed legislation requiring the Department of State to hold a public hearing and conduct an investigation to determine if additional real estate cease and desist zones should be established in all or parts of Brooklyn. Several REALTOR® members living or working in Brooklyn testified at the hearing, which was held on January 11, in opposition to any proposed cease-and-desist zones. You can view the full hearing here.