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Senate: tenant gripes must be in writing.

Senate: Tenant gripes must be in writing

The New York State Senate passed a bill last week requiring tenants to give owners 21 days written notice before a complaint can be filed with DHCR.

Rent Stabilization Association Director of Legislative Issues, Frank Ricci, said the law will help the owners and the tenants. The tenants, he said, often do not realize they are supposed to notify the owner if there is a problem and turn automatically to state agencies.

RSA counsel, Martin Heistein, said it will help get the problem resolved faster. "We think it makes a lot of sense,n because now, he said, "the owners are not even aware of the problem until the tenants file a complaint.

"The bill was a top priority,n Heistein said, "and will cut down the number of complaints at DHCR." Most problems - could then be taken care of without the agency's intervention which he said is a costly administrative burden. The law would require the tenant to submit the letter sent to the owner when filing the complaint with DHCR.

The bill was a direct result of RSA lobbying efforts in February, they said, when over 120 owners visited with 100 different legislators in Albany. The measure was sponsored by Senate Housing chairman, Republican Kemp Hannon.

Although there is a companion Republican bill in the Assembly, the RSA representatives were not sure at this writing who would be the Primary sponsor, or if the Democrats would put in their own version, a difficult task with only days remaining to the session.

"It's a taxpayer issue," said Ricci, "it's god for everybody.
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Title Annotation:New York State Senate
Author:Weiss, Lois
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jul 3, 1991
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