The Committee on Housing and Urban Development expressed support for A.5438/S.226, which would amend § 31 of the PHFL to expand the qualifying income range of eligible families for the Mitchell-Lama Program. The proposed amendment would remove the requirement that families whose incomes are between 100% and 125% of the Area Media Income (AMI) must have at least two dependents, thus expanding the pool of middle-income families who can benefit from the stock of affordable housing provided by the Mitchell-Lama Program by allowing otherwise eligible families with fewer than two dependents to qualify for admission.
The Committee on Housing and Urban Development issued a report which outlines a series of suggestions for how best to preserve the existing Mitchell-Lama (ML) housing companies, which provide affordable rental housing in New York City. Possible solutions highlighted in the report include: 1) creating a new definition of area median income; 2) requiring owners of ML housing companies to notify NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) of their intention to exit the ML program, thereby giving HCR an opportunity to find a purchaser who would keep the projects as regulated affordable housing; 3) allowing for alternative forms of ownership; and 4) identifying broader sources of financing for existing ML owners.
Cooperative/Condominium Real Property Tax Abatement
In a joint report, the Committees on Legal Problems of the Aging and Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts expressed support for A.6658/S.4600, which would amend the Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) to provide that a tax abatement may be granted to a cooperative or condominium dwelling unit held in trust for the benefit of a person or persons who would otherwise be eligible for the abatement had they owned the unit directly. The report also suggests a corrective amendment to the legislation which would amend RPTL section 467-a(b-1), and possibly RPTL sections 458(7), 458-a(5), 458-b(6), 459-c(9) and 467(10), so that they apply if a current beneficiary of the trust would be eligible for the tax benefit were he or she the owner of the property as opposed to requiring that the trust be “solely” for such beneficiary’s benefit.
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