This afternoon, the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee held a hearing on Melissa’s Multiple Dwelling Registration bill (Intro 87-A). The City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), community based groups such as Make the Road New York, and several housing advocates testified in support of Intro 87-A, which is expected to be passed by the Council next week.
Intro 87-A would require corporate owners of buildings to report the names and addresses of principal partners of their companies to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Currently, many of these owners are able to hide behind corporations and partnerships, making it difficult for tenants to get problems with their housing resolved without engaging in litigation.
The legislation also requires that corporate owners provide a brick and mortar contact address for each of their principal partners. Under current law, many landlords solely list addresses of private mail operating services on their registration statements. One of these addresses in particular is merely a storefront filled with P.O. Boxes.