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NEW YORK STATE
MULTIPLE DWELLING LAW

Chapter 713 of the Laws of 1929, as amended


                          *ARTICLE 7-C
           LEGALIZATION OF INTERIM MULTIPLE DWELLINGS

Section             280. Legislative findings.
                    281. Definition of "interim
                         multiple dwelling".
                    282. Establishment of special loft unit.
                    283. Occupancy permitted.
                    284. Owner obligations.
                    285. Owner protection.
                    286. Tenant protection.
                    287. Alternative compliance.

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*Sec. 280.     Legislative findings.

The legislature hereby finds and declares that a serious public
emergency exists in the housing of a considerable number of
persons in cities having a population of over one million, which
emergency has been created by the increasing number of
conversions of commercial and manufacturing loft buildings to
residential use without compliance with applicable building codes
and laws and without compliance with local laws regarding minimum
housing maintenance standards; that many such buildings do not
conform to minimum standards for health, safety and fire
protection; that housing maintenance services essential to
maintain health, safety and fire protection are not being
provided in many such buildings; that as a consequence of the
acute shortage of housing as found and declared in the emergency
tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four the tenants in
such buildings would suffer great hardship if forced to relocate;
that as a result of the uncertain status of the tenancy in
question the courts have been increasingly burdened with disputes
between landlords and tenants regarding their respective rights
and obligations under the existing circumstances; that some
courts have declared such buildings "de facto" multiple
dwellings; that illegal and unregulated residential conversions
undermine the integrity of the local zoning resolution and
threaten loss of jobs and industry; that the intervention of the
state and local governments is necessary to effectuate
legalization, consistent with the local zoning resolution, of the
present illegal living arrangements in such "de facto" multiple
dwellings, and to establish a system whereby residential rentals
can be reasonably adjusted so that residential tenants can assist
in paying the cost of such legalization without being forced to
relocate; that in order to prevent uncertainty, hardship, and
dislocation, the provisions of this article are necessary and
designed to protect the public health, safety and general
welfare.

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*Sec. 281.     Definition of "interim multiple dwelling".

1.   Except as provided in subdivision two of this section, the
     term "interim multiple dwelling" means any building or
     structure or portion thereof located in a city of more than
     one million persons which (i) at any time was occupied for
     manufacturing, commercial, or warehouse purposes; and (ii)
     lacks a certificate of compliance or occupancy pursuant to
     section three hundred one of this chapter; and (iii) on
     December first, nineteen hundred eighty-one was occupied for
     residential purposes since April first, nineteen hundred
     eighty as the residence or home of any three or more
     families living independently of one another.

2.   Notwithstanding the definition set forth in subdivision one
     of this section, the term "interim multiple dwelling"
     includes only (i) buildings, structures or portions thereof
     located in a geographical area in which the local zoning
     resolution permits residential use as of right, or by minor
     modification or administrative certification of a local
     planning agency, (ii) buildings or structures which are not
     owned by a municipality, (iii) buildings, structures or
     portions thereof within an area designated by the local
     zoning resolution as a study area for possible rezoning to
     permit residential use, or (iv) buildings, structures or
     portions thereof which may be converted to residential use
     pursuant to a special permit granted by a local planning
     agency. In the case of classes of buildings specified by
     paragraphs (iii) and (iv) of this subdivision and those
     buildings specified by paragraph (i) of this subdivision
     which require a minor modification or administrative
     certification, however, the provisions of subdivision one of
     section two hundred eighty-four of this article regarding
     compliance with this chapter shall not be applicable, but
     the other provisions of this article shall be applicable.
     Upon rezoning of any such study area or the granting of any
     such special permit, minor modification or administrative
     certification to permit residential use of any such building
     or portion thereof, subdivision one of section two hundred
     eighty-four of this article shall be applicable, with the
     timing of compliance requirements set forth in such section
     commencing to run upon the effective date of such rezoning
     or permit approval. If such rezoning does not permit
     residential use of the building or a portion thereof, or if
     a special permit, minor modification or administrative
     certification is denied, such building shall be exempt from
     this article.

3.   In addition to the residents of an interim multiple
     dwelling, residential occupants in units first occupied
     after April first, nineteen hundred eighty and prior to
     April first, nineteen hundred eighty-one shall be qualified
     for protection pursuant to this article, provided that the
     building or any portion thereof otherwise qualifies as an
     interim multiple dwelling, and the tenants are eligible
     under the local zoning resolution for such occupancy. A
     reduction in the number of occupied residential units in a
     building after December first, nineteen hundred eighty-one
     shall not eliminate the protections of this article for any
     remaining residential occupants qualified for such
     protections. Non-residential space in a building as of the
     effective date of the act which added this article shall be
     offered for residential use only after the obtaining of a
     residential certificate of occupancy for such space, and
     such space shall be exempt from this article, even if a
     portion of such building may be an interim multiple
     dwelling.

4.   Interim multiple dwellings shall also include buildings,
     structures or portions thereof that had residential
     occupants on May first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven in
     units occupied residentially since December first, nineteen
     hundred eighty-one that were occupied for residential
     purposes since April first, nineteen hundred eighty and
     those units shall be qualified for protection pursuant to
     this article, provided that the building or any portion
     thereof meets the requirements set out in subdivision one of
     this section, regardless of whether the buildings,
     structures or portions thereof meets the requirements set
     out in paragraphs (i), (iii) and (iv) of subdivision two of
     this section.

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*Sec. 282.     Establishment of special loft unit.

In order to resolve complaints of owners of interim multiple
dwellings and of residential occupants of such buildings
qualified for the protection of this article, and to act upon
hardship applications made pursuant to this article, a special
loft unit referred to herein as the "loft board" shall be
established which shall consist of from four to nine members
representative of the public, the real estate industry, loft
residential tenants, and loft manufacturing interests, and a
chairperson, all to be appointed by the mayor of the municipality
and to serve such terms as he may designate. The compensation of
the members of the loft board shall be fixed by the mayor. The
members of the loft board shall not be considered employees of
the state or the municipality, provided, however, that state or
municipal employees or officers may be named to the loft board.
The mayor shall establish the loft board within ninety days of
the effective date of the act which added this article. The loft
board shall have such office and staff as shall be necessary to
carry out functions conferred upon it and may request and receive
assistance from any state or municipal agency or department. The
loft board shall have the following duties: (a) the determination
of interim multiple dwelling status and other issues of coverage
pursuant to this article; (b) the resolution of all hardship
appeals brought under this article; (c) the determination of any
claim for rent adjustment under this article by an owner or
tenant; (d) the issuance, after a public hearing, and the
enforcement of rules and regulations governing minimum housing
maintenance standards in interim multiple dwellings (subject to
the provisions of this chapter and any local building code), rent
adjustments prior to legalization, compliance with this article
and the hearing of complaints and applications made to it
pursuant to this article; and (e) determination of controversies
arising over the fair market value of a residential tenant's
fixtures or reasonable moving expenses. The violation of any rule
or regulation promulgated by the loft board shall be punishable
by a civil penalty determined by the loft board not to exceed one
thousand dollars which may be recovered by the municipality by a
proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction. The loft board
may charge and collect reasonable fees in the execution of its
responsibilities. The loft board may administer oaths, take
affidavits, hear testimony, and take proof under oath at public
or private hearings.

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*Sec. 283.     Occupancy permitted.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any other
law, code, rule or regulation, occupancy for residential purposes
of residential units covered by this article is permitted, if
such occupancy is in compliance with this article. Nothing
contained herein shall be construed to limit local authorities
from issuing vacate orders for hazardous conditions, if
appropriate.

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*Sec. 284.     Owner obligations.

1.    (i)  The owner of an interim multiple dwelling (A)
           shall file an alteration application within nine
           months from the effective date of the act which added
           this article, and (B) shall take all reasonable and
           necessary action to obtain an approved alteration
           permit within twelve months from such effective date,
           and (C) shall achieve compliance with the standards
           of safety and fire protection set forth in article
           seven-B of this chapter for the residential portions
           of the building within eighteen months from obtaining
           such alteration permit or eighteen months from such
           effective date, whichever is later, and (D) shall
           take all reasonable and necessary action to obtain a
           certificate of occupancy as a class A multiple
           dwelling for the residential portions of the building
           or structure within thirty-six months from such
           effective date. The loft board may, upon good cause
           shown, and upon proof of compliance with the
           standards of safety and fire protection set forth in
           article seven-B of this chapter, twice extend the
           time of compliance with the requirement to obtain a
           residential certificate of occupancy for periods not
           to exceed twelve months each.

     (ii)  An owner of an interim multiple dwelling who has not
           complied with the requirements of paragraph (i) of
           this subdivision by the effective date of the chapter
           of the laws of nineteen hundred ninety-two which
           added this paragraph shall hereafter be deemed in
           compliance with this subdivision provided that such
           owner files an alteration application by October
           first, nineteen hundred ninety-two, takes all
           reasonable and necessary action to obtain an approved
           alteration permit by October first, nineteen hundred
           ninety-three, achieves compliance with the standards
           of safety and fire protection set forth in article
           seven-B of this chapter for the residential portions
           of the building by April first, nineteen hundred
           ninety-five, or within eighteen months from obtaining
           an approved alteration permit, whichever is later,
           and takes all reasonable and necessary action to
           obtain a certificate of occupancy as a class A
           multiple dwelling for the residential portions of the
           building or structure by October first, nineteen
           hundred ninety-five or within six months from
           achieving compliance with the aforementioned
           standards for the residential portions of the
           building, whichever is later.

     (iii) An owner who is unable to satisfy any requirement
           specified in paragraph (ii) of this subdivision for
           reasons beyond his/her control, including, but not
           limited to, a requirement to obtain a certificate of
           appropriateness for modification of a landmarked
           building, a need to obtain a variance from a board of
           standards and appeals, or the denial of reasonable
           access to a residential unit as required by paragraph
           (vii) of this subdivision, may apply to the loft
           board for an extension of time to meet the
           requirement specified in paragraph (ii) of this
           subdivision. The loft board may grant an extension of
           time to meet a requirement specified in paragraph
           (ii) of this subdivision provided that the owner
           demonstrates that he/she has made good faith efforts
           to satisfy the requirements.

     (iv)  If there is a finding by the loft board that an owner
           has failed to satisfy any requirement specified in
           paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this subdivision, such
           owner shall be subject to all penalties set forth in
           article eight of this chapter.

     (v)   In addition to the penalties provided in article
           eight of this chapter, if there is a finding by the
           loft board that an owner has failed to satisfy any
           requirement specified in paragraphs (i) and (ii) of
           this subdivision, a court may order specific
           performance to enforce the provisions of this article
           upon the application of three occupants of separate
           residential units qualified for the protection of
           this article, or upon the application of the
           municipality.

     (vi)  If, as a consequence of an owner's unlawful failure
           to comply with the provisions of paragraphs (i) and
           (ii) of this subdivision, any residential occupant
           qualified for protection pursuant to this article is
           required to vacate his or her unit as a result of a
           municipal vacate order, such occupant may recover
           from the owner the fair market value of any
           improvements made by such tenant and reasonable
           moving costs. Any vacate order issued as to such unit
           by a local government shall be deemed an order to the
           owner to correct the non-compliant conditions,
           subject to the provisions of this article.
           Furthermore, when such correction has been made, such
           occupant shall have the right to re-occupy his or her
           unit and shall be entitled to all applicable tenant
           protections of this article.

     (vii) The occupants of a building shall, upon appropriate
           notice regarding the timing and scope of the work
           required, afford the owner reasonable access to their
           units so that the work necessary for compliance with
           this article can be carried out. Access shall also be
           afforded, upon reasonable prior notice, for the
           purpose of inspecting and surveying units as may be
           required to comply with the provisions of this
           article and article seven-B of this chapter. Failure
           to comply with an order of the loft board regarding
           access shall be grounds for eviction of a tenant.

2.   Every owner of an interim multiple dwelling, every lessee of
     a whole building part of which is an interim multiple
     dwelling, and every agent or other person having control of
     such a dwelling, shall, within sixty days of the effective
     date of the act which added this article, file with the loft
     board or any other authority designated by the mayor a
     notice in conformity with all provisions of section three
     hundred twenty-five of this chapter and with rules and
     regulations to be promulgated by the loft board.

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*Sec. 285.     Owner protection.

1.   Notwithstanding the provisions of section three hundred two
     or three hundred twenty-five of this chapter, the owner of
     an interim multiple dwelling may recover rent payable from
     residential occupants qualified for the protection of this
     article on or after April first, nineteen hundred eighty,
     and maintain an action or proceeding for possession of such
     premises for non-payment of rent, provided that he is in
     compliance with this article.

2.   Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, an
     owner may apply to the loft board for exemption of a
     building or portion thereof from this article on the basis
     that compliance with this article in obtaining a legal
     residential certificate of occupancy would cause an
     unjustifiable hardship either because: (i) it would cause an
     unreasonably adverse impact on a non-residential conforming
     use tenant within the building or, (ii) the cost of
     compliance renders legal residential conversion infeasible.
     Residential and other tenants shall be given not less than
     sixty days notice in advance of the hearing date for such
     application. If the loft board approves such application,
     the building or portion thereof shall be exempt from this
     article, and may be converted to non-residential conforming
     uses, provided, however, that the owner shall, as a
     condition of approval of such application, agree to file an
     irrevocable recorded covenant in form satisfactory to the
     loft board enforceable for fifteen years by the
     municipality, that the building will not be re-converted to
     residential uses during such time. The standard for granting
     such hardship application for a building or portion thereof
     shall be as follows: (a) the loft board shall only grant the
     minimum relief necessary to relieve any alleged hardship
     with the understanding if compliance is reasonably possible
     it should be achieved even if it requires alteration of
     units, relocation of tenants to vacant space within the
     building, re-design of space or application for a non-use-
     related variance, special permit, minor modification or
     administrative certification; (b) self-created hardship
     shall not be allowed; (c) the test for cost infeasibility
     shall be that of a reasonable return on the owner's
     investment not maximum return on investment; (d) the test
     for unreasonably adverse impact on a non-residential
     conforming use tenant shall be whether residential
     conversion would necessitate displacement. Such hardship
     applications shall be submitted to the loft board within
     nine months of the establishment of the loft board (or, in
     the case of interim multiple dwellings referred to in
     subdivision four of section two hundred eighty-one of this
     chapter, within nine months of the effective date of that
     subdivision), but shall not be considered, absent a waiver
     by the loft board, unless the owner has also filed an
     alteration application. In determination of any such
     hardship application, the loft board may demand such
     information as it deems necessary. In approving any such
     hardship application, the loft board may fix reasonable
     terms and conditions for the vacating of residential
     occupancy.

3.   An owner of an interim multiple dwelling shall be exempt
     from paying a conversion contribution required by the zoning
     resolution of the city of New York for that portion of any
     building or structure determined by the loft board to be an
     interim multiple dwelling.

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*Sec. 286.     Tenant protection.

1.   It shall not be a ground for an action or proceeding to
     recover possession of a unit occupied by a residential
     occupant qualified for the protection of this article that
     the occupancy of the unit is illegal or in violation of
     provisions of the tenant's lease or rental agreement because
     a residential certificate of occupancy has not been issued
     for the building, or because residential occupancy is not
     permitted by the lease or rental agreement.

2.    (i)  Prior to compliance with safety and fire
           protection standards of article seven-B of this
           chapter, residential occupants qualified for
           protection pursuant to this article shall be entitled
           to continued occupancy, provided that the unit is
           their primary residence, and shall pay the same rent,
           including escalations, specified in their lease or
           rental agreement to the extent to which such lease or
           rental agreement remains in effect or, in the absence
           of a lease or rental agreement, the same rent most
           recently paid and accepted by the owner; if there is
           no lease or other rental agreement in effect, rent
           adjustments prior to article seven-B compliance shall
           be in conformity with guidelines to be set by the
           loft board for such residential occupants within six
           months from the effective date of this article.

     (ii)  In addition to any rent adjustment pursuant to
           paragraph (i) of this subdivision, on or after the
           effective date of this paragraph, the rent for
           residential units in interim multiple dwellings that
           are not yet in compliance with the requirements of
           subdivision one of section two hundred eighty-four of
           this article shall be adjusted as follows:

          (A)   Upon the owners' filing of an alteration
                application, as required by paragraph (ii) of
                subdivision one of section two hundred eighty-
                four of this article, an adjustment equal to six
                percent of the rent in effect at the time the
                owner files the alteration application.

          (B)   Upon obtaining an alteration permit, as required
                by paragraph (ii) of subdivision one of section
                two hundred eighty-four of this article, an
                adjustment equal to eight percent of the rent in
                effect at the time the owner obtains the
                alteration permit.

          (C)   Upon achieving compliance with the standards of
                safety and fire protection set forth in article
                seven-B of this chapter for the residential
                portions of the building, an adjustment equal to
                six percent of the rent in effect at the time
                the owner achieves such compliance.

          (D)   Owners who filed an alteration application prior
                to the effective date of this subparagraph shall
                be entitled to a prospective adjustment equal to
                six percent of the rent on the effective date of
                this subparagraph.

          (E)   Owners who obtained an alteration permit prior
                to the effective date of this subparagraph shall
                be entitled to a prospective adjustment equal to
                fourteen percent of the rent on the effective
                date of this subparagraph.

          (F)   Owners who achieved compliance with the
                standards of safety and fire protection set
                forth in article seven-B of this chapter for the
                residential portions of the building prior to
                the effective date of this subparagraph shall be
                entitled to a prospective adjustment equal to
                twenty percent of the rent on the effective date
                of this subparagraph.

     (iii) Any rent adjustments pursuant to paragraph (ii)
           of this subdivision shall not apply to units
           which were rented at market value after June
           twenty-first, nineteen hundred eighty-two and
           prior to the effective date of this paragraph.

     (iv)  Payment of any rent adjustments pursuant to
           paragraph (ii) of this subdivision shall
           commence the month immediately following the
           month in which the act entitling the owner to
           the adjustment occurred.

3.   Upon or after compliance with the safety and fire protection
     standards of article seven-B of this chapter, an owner may
     apply to the loft board for an adjustment of rent based upon
     the cost of such compliance. Upon approval by the loft board
     of such compliance, the loft board shall set the initial
     legal regulated rent, and each residential occupant
     qualified for protection pursuant to this article shall be
     offered a residential lease subject to the provisions
     regarding evictions and regulation of rent set forth in the
     emergency tenant protection act of nineteen seventy-four,
     except to the extent the provisions of this article are
     inconsistent with such act. At such time, the owners of such
     buildings shall join a real estate industry stabilization
     association in accordance with such act.

4.   The initial legal regulated rent established by the loft
     board shall be equal to (i) the rent in effect, including
     escalations, as of the date of application for adjustment
     ("base rent"), plus, (ii) the maximum annual amount of any
     increase allocable to compliance as provided herein; and
     (iii) the percentage increase then applicable to one, two or
     three year leases, as elected by the tenant, as established
     by the local rent guidelines board, and applied to the base
     rent, provided, however, such percentage increases may be
     adjusted downward by the loft board if prior increases based
     on loft board guidelines cover part of the same time period
     to be covered by the rent guidelines board adjustments.

5.   An owner may apply to the loft board for rent adjustments
     once based upon the cost of compliance with article seven-B
     of this chapter and once based upon the obtaining of a
     residential certificate of occupancy. If the initial legal
     regulated rent has been set based only upon article seven-B
     compliance, a further adjustment may be obtained upon the
     obtaining of a residential certificate of occupancy. Upon
     receipt of such records as the loft board shall require, the
     loft board shall determine the costs necessarily and
     reasonably incurred, including financing, in obtaining
     compliance with this article pursuant to a schedule of
     reasonable costs to be promulgated by it. The adjustment in
     maximum rents for compliance with this article shall be
     determined either (i) by dividing the amount of the cash
     cost of such improvements exclusive of interest and service
     charges over a ten year period of amortization, or (ii) by
     dividing the amount of the cash cost of such improvements
     exclusive of interest and service charges over a fifteen
     year period of amortization, plus the actual annual mortgage
     debt service attributable to interest and service charges in
     each year of indebtedness to an institutional lender, or
     other lender approved by the loft board, incurred by the
     owner to pay the cash cost of the improvements, provided
     that the maximum amount of interest charged includable in
     rent shall reflect an annual amortization factor of one-
     fifteenth of the outstanding principal balance. Rental
     adjustments to each residential unit shall be determined on
     a basis approved by the loft board. An owner may elect that
     the loft board shall deem the total cost of compliance with
     this article to be the amounts certified by the local
     department of housing preservation and development of such
     municipality in any certificate of eligibility issued in
     connection with an application for tax exemption or tax
     abatement to the extent such certificate reflects categories
     of costs approved by the loft board as reasonable and
     necessary for such compliance. Rental adjustments
     attributable to the cost of compliance with this article
     shall not become part of the base rent for purposes of
     calculating rents adjusted pursuant to rent guidelines board
     increases.

6.   Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a
     residential tenant qualified for protection pursuant to this
     chapter may sell any improvements to the unit made or
     purchased by him to an incoming tenant provided, however,
     that the tenant shall first offer the improvements to the
     owner for an amount equal to their fair market value. Upon
     purchase of such improvements by the owner, any unit subject
     to rent regulation solely by reason of this article and not
     receiving any benefits of real estate tax exemption or tax
     abatement, shall be exempted from the provisions of this
     article requiring rent regulation if such building had fewer
     than six residential units as of the effective date of the
     act which added this article, or rented at market value
     subject to subsequent rent regulation if such building had
     six or more residential units at such time. The loft board
     shall establish rules and regulations regarding such sale of
     improvements which shall include provisions that such right
     to sell improvements may be exercised only once for each
     unit subject to this article, and that the opportunity for
     decontrol or market rentals shall not be available to an
     owner found guilty by the loft board of harassment of
     tenants.

7.   The local rent guidelines board shall annually establish
     guidelines for rent adjustments for the category of
     buildings covered by this article in accordance with the
     standards established pursuant to the emergency tenant
     protection act of nineteen seventy-four. The local rent
     guidelines board shall consider the necessity of a separate
     category for such buildings, and a separately determined
     guideline for rent adjustments for those units in which heat
     is not required to be provided by the owner, and may
     establish such separate category and guideline. The loft
     board shall annually commission a study by an independent
     consultant to assist the rent guidelines board in
     determining the economics of loft housing.

8.   Cooperative and condominium units occupied by owners or
     tenant-shareholders shall not be subject to rent regulation
     pursuant to this article.

9.   No eviction plan for conversion to cooperative or
     condominium ownership for a building which is, or a portion
     of which is an interim multiple dwelling shall be submitted
     for filing to the department of law pursuant to the general
     business law until a residential certificate of occupancy is
     obtained as required by this article, and the residential
     occupants qualified for protection pursuant to this article
     are offered one, two or three year leases, as elected by
     such persons, in accordance with the provisions for
     establishment of initial legal regulated rent contained
     herein. Non-eviction plans for such buildings may be
     submitted for filing only if the sponsor remains responsible
     for compliance with article seven-B and for all work in
     common areas required to obtain a residential certificate of
     occupancy. Cooperative conversion shall be fully in
     accordance with section three hundred fifty-two-eeee of the
     general business law, the requirements of the code of the
     local real estate industry stabilization association, and
     with the rules and regulations promulgated by the attorney
     general.

10.  The functions of the local conciliation and appeals board of
     such municipality regarding owners and tenants subject to
     rent regulation pursuant to this article shall be carried
     out by the loft board until such time as provided otherwise
     by local law.

11.  Residential occupants qualified for protection pursuant to
     this article shall be afforded the protections available to
     residential tenants pursuant to the real property law and
     the real property actions and proceedings law.

12.  No waiver of rights pursuant to this article by a
     residential occupant qualified for protection pursuant to
     this article made prior to the effective date of the act
     which added this article shall be accorded any force or
     effect; however, subsequent to the effective date an owner
     and a residential occupant may agree to the purchase by the
     owner of such person's rights in a unit.

13.  The applicability of the emergency tenant protection act of
     nineteen seventy-four to buildings occupied by residential
     tenants qualified for protection pursuant to this article
     shall be subject to a declaration of emergency by the local
     legislative body. In the event such act expires prior to the
     expiration of this article, tenants in interim multiple
     dwellings shall be included in coverage of the rent
     stabilization law of nineteen hundred sixty-nine of the city
     of New York. * NB Terminates 96/06/30


*Sec. 287.     Alternative compliance.

In any case in which a local building code or this chapter
provides an alternative means of meeting the fire and safety
standards of article seven-B of this chapter, an owner of an
interim multiple dwelling may, to the extent permitted by such
local code or this chapter, elect to comply with the standards of
such code or this chapter rather than with article seven-B. Such
an election shall not affect an owner's obligations to meet the
deadlines for compliance set forth in this article, and in such
cases references herein to article seven-B shall be deemed to
include any such local building code or the applicable provisions
of this chapter.

* NB Terminates 96/06/30

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