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“Expanded Loft Law” Passed and Signed Into Law.

We are extremely pleased to report that, after years and years of effort and commitment on the part of soon the part of so many, both legislators and advocates, the “Expanded Loft Law” (A5667C and A11567) was passed and signed into law June 21, just before the end of the legislative session.

We thank all those who have supported the bill, above all and especially, the bill’s author, Assemblymember Vito Lopez, an unrelenting advocate for the rights of loft tenants, and Senator Martin Malave Dilan, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, who accomplished what no other Senator has been able to for the past decade – to pass the bill in the Senate.

We are also extremely grateful for the support of Assemblymembers Glick, Gottfried, Lentol, and Silver, and Senators Squadron, Duane, and Kruger, as well as Shelley Mayer and Cecilia Tkaczyk of the Senate Majority Counsel’s office. If it were not for the efforts and commitment of all of them, there would be no Expanded Loft Law.

After the bill was passed by the Legislature, Mayor Bloomberg and others raised objections to some of its provisions. A compromise was reached between the Mayor’s office and the Legislature, and the Legislature agreed to pass an amendment which somewhat limits the scope of the the law, most specifically excluding some of the City’s “Industrial Business Zones” (IBZs) from the scope and protections of the law. This amendment passed just before the end of the session, and was signed into law July 1st.

If you are a loft tenant and concerned about how this law might affect you, please read the text of the bill http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A5667C and its amendment http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A11567. A list of the Industrial Business Zones can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/imb/html/ibz/ibz.shtml.

Please read the Amendment (Bill A11567C) carefully to determine which IBZ’s are not excluded from the protections of the Expanded Loft Law (if you live in one of those Zones, the provisions of the law apply to your loft), also, please note that “Industrial Ombudsmen Areas” are not excluded from coverage by the amended Loft Law.

Implementation of the law will be an ongoing process. i.e. “how can I obtain a residential Certificate of Occupancy for my live/work loft?”. Whether you are in end state litigation or just concerned about you status as a live/work loft tenant, please read the law and then consult an attorney. There are, as well, many resources to be found on the www. As we learn more about the practical application of the law, we will post updated information and links to other sites.

We still have much work to do to insure that all entitled tenants are protected and to expand the provisions of the law. We will continue to work with the Legislature to make improvements to the law as it now stands. In the meantime, once again, thank you Assemblymember Lopez, Senator Dilan and all who have contributed to making this bill law.

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