City Council Passes Advance Notice Bill for Service Interruptions

Recently, the New York City council passed a bill that would require owners to provide tenants at least 24 hours’ notice before launching into any renovations that would “disrupt building services,” ranging from building heat to water and electricity. HPD would assume responsibility for enforcing the potential law.

According to the text of the bill, where the owner expects that an interruption of any heat, hot water, cold water, gas, or electricity service will last for less than two hours or where such interruption is due to emergency repairs or work, advance notice need not be posted, provided that if the interruption lasts for two or more hours, notice is posted as soon as practicable after the interruption starts.

There is no timetable for when and if Mayor de Blasio would sign the bill into law.