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KINGSTON, N.Y. — A Common Council panel has recommended that a law be adopted to require landlords to supply a copy of the newly passed Tenant Accountability Act to renters when they move in.

Alderman Thomas Hoffay, D-Ward 2, the council’s majority leader, said the council’s Laws and Rules Committee has passed an amendment to the Landlord Registration Law to require owners of rental properties to notify tenants of the new regulation.

The committee made its decision on Tuesday.

On Nov. 7, the Common Council agreed to the Tenant Accountability Act, a law originally proposed by Mayor Shayne Gallo. Continued…


The Tenant Accountability Act, among other things, requires that:

• Residential premises “be maintained in a clean, safe, sanitary condition.”

• Yards, courts and vacant lots be kept clean and free of hazards.

• Extension cords be used only for purposes intended and shall not “be run or laid under rugs or carpets or used as additional electrical wiring.”

• Grounds, buildings and structures be maintained “free of insect, vermin and rodent harborage and infestation.”

• Adequate sanitary facilities “be used for the collection, storage, handling and disposal of garbage refuse.”

• Domestic animals and pets “be kept in an appropriate manner so as not to constitute a hazard or nuisance and under control.”

• Pet waste be promptly “collected and disposed of in a sanitary manner.”

Violators of the law face a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine.

The proposal also states smoke detectors shall not be removed or damaged and that “it shall be the duty of the occupant of any residential premise to keep and maintain such smoke detectors located within the dwelling unit, or sleeping room, in good repair and operable during their occupancy of such a dwelling unit.” Continued…

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