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A08241 Summary:

BILL NOA08241
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORMosley
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 296, Exec L
 
Prohibits landlords from refusing to deal with certain people solely because those people were involved in prior summary proceedings.
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A08241 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8241
 
SPONSOR: Mosley
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to a tenant blacklist   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit tenant blacklisting the practice by which landlords deny housing to potential tenants because the tenant has been involved in landlord-tenant litigation.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of § 296 of the Executive Law adding a new paragraph a-1 to prohibit discrimination in public housing against potential tenants who have been, or are currently, involved in a land- lord-tenant action or summary proceeding, except where tenant has not complied with a court order. Section 2 amends subdivision 3-b of § 296 of the Executive Law to include landlord-tenant actions on the list of prohibited discriminatory behavior. Section 3 amends paragraph a of subdivision 5 of § 296 of the Executive Law, adding a new subparagraph 1-a to prohibit discrimination against potential tenants who have been, or are currently involved in a land- lord-tenant action or summary proceeding, except where a tenant has not complied with a court order.   EXISTING LAW: New York State had prohibited private prisons since 2007, but it does not prohibit their financing.   JUSTIFICATION: When tenants are involved in any landlord-tenant action, whether to assert their own legal rights or for other reasons, they thereafter find themselves on a blacklist that keeps them from being able to secure future housing. Tenant blacklisting occurs when a tenant screening bureau purchases electronic data about landlord-tenant actions from the court system. The bureaus then compile the information into a list that they provide to landlords conducting investigations about potential tenants. This legislation would address tenant blacklisting by classifying it as illegal discriminatory behavior. Tenant screening bureaus will be prohibited from using Court records to form a tenant blacklist. Tenants would no longer fear that asserting their legal rights would inhibit them from finding housing in the future.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-2018: S2184- Referred to investigations and Government Operations 2016: Died in Senate Investigations and Government Operations 2015: Died in Senate Investigations and Government Operations   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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