New Notice Disclosing Tenants Rights to Reasonable Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

Michael Littman

NEW REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION NOTICE UPDATE

  • On March 25, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed a new law, repealing and replacing the law he signed last year (December 2020), which required that the reasonable accommodation notice that was on the Division of Human Rights (“DHR”) website be distributed to all tenants.

  • The new law requires the DHR to adopt rules for its distribution and penalties, if any.
  • The law is effective immediately regarding providing the written notice to new and prospective tenants (within 30 days of the beginning of their tenant). For current tenants, the effective date is thirty (30) days from March 25, 2021.
  • We will provide you with more guidance when the DHR adopts the regulations setting forth the requirements for distribution and penalties, if any.
  • Until the new regulations are adopted, you should use the sample notice that can be found on the DHR website or by CLICKING HERE
    • If your building is in New York City, please omit the language requiring the tenant to pay for modifications in their apartment and requiring them to restore the apartment (in NYC the Owner pays, unless undue burden)
 
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