Memo Regarding Intro. 1015

Memorandum of Opposition

BILL: Intro No. 1015

SUBJECT: Amending the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing a housing portal

DATE: February 10, 2016

SPONSORS: Kallos, Williams, Mendez, Rose, Rodriguez, Rosenthal, Miller

The Real Estate Board of New York (“REBNY”), representing over 17,000 owners, developers, managers and brokers of real property in New York City, opposes Introduction No. 1015 because as set forth below, the proposed legislation places an unreasonable burden on building owners and seeks to duplicate many functions currently performed by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”).

Intro. No. 1015 would mandate owners of qualifying units to post certain information regarding the listed property, including, but not limited to, whether any applications have yet been received for occupancy of the unit, estimated annual property taxes, the average monthly utility costs for the previous calendar year, as well as personal information. This personal information includes the name, address, telephone number, and email address of not only owner, but also the property manager and superintendent responsible for the unit. Not only is this information that owners should be allowed to choose to impart on a personal basis to interested applicants, but this legislation would also implement deadlines as short as seven days to submit this information before incurring civil penalties of escalating magnitude. This places an unnecessary burden on these owners, many of whom manage multiple properties.

Furthermore, the bill is duplicative of HPD’s “Housing Connect” website. Applicants for affordable housing already apply for housing options for which they may qualify, start, save, and complete applications for their households, view current and upcoming housing opportunities, and learn details surrounding the application process regarding affordable housing in New York City. The website also allows visitors to categorize housing opportunities by borough, application start date, application deadline date, project status, and neighborhood, and also allows applicants to view and manage the status of their applications.

The “Housing Portal” proposed by Intro No. 1015 is duplicative, intrusive, and places an unnecessary burden on building owners. For these reasons, we voice our opposition to Introduction No 1015.