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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From Sate Senator Liz Krueger's Community Bulletin

New Law Requires Landlords to Notify Tenants of Airborne Contaminants:
Earlier this month, Governor Paterson signed a law recently passed by the legislature which requires landlords to inform tenants of airborne hazards. While there were requirements to inform property owners of certain environmental threats, there was no system in place to offer the same protection to renters. The new law, which goes into effect in 90 days, requires property owners who have indoor air contamination results indicating levels above state Department of Health guidelines to give tenants a DOH fact sheet that identifies the compound or contaminant of concern, along with the guidelines for indoor air quality and health risks associated with exposure. Tenants can then request specific test results from landlords. Similar legislation had previously passed in 206 and 2007, but had been vetoed by Governors Pataki and Spitzer. I will be following the development of regulations implementing this important new law and share information through future bulletins.

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