EMERGENCY RULE: Electronic Service and Narrative Conferences

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Emergency Rule

In 1982, the New York State legislature passed Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL), also known as the Loft Law. The law created a new class of buildings in New York City. These buildings are known as interim multiple dwellings (IMD). The Loft Law also established the Loft Board to coordinate the legal conversion of these spaces to safe, rent-stabilized residential units. The Board is charged with overseeing the conversion of IMD buildings from commercial and manufacturing spaces to safe, rent-stabilized residences that comply with the minimum standards of safety and fire protection stated in Article 7-B of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. The Board adjudicates and mediates disputes between owners and tenants, tracks the progress of each building undergoing legalization and prosecutes parties who violate the Loft Law and the Loft Board's rules.

Some of the Loft Board’s current rules, found in Title 29 of the Rules of the City of New York, require the filing of documents in person or by regular mail. Proof of service by regular mail consists of a certificate of mailing from the United States postal service. However, based on the current state of emergency due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which constitutes an imminent threat to health and safety, the Loft Board finds it is necessary to enact this emergency rule to allow for electronic service and filing of documents, including waiving requirements for original signatures. In addition, the Loft Board is temporarily suspending its requirement to schedule narrative statement conferences within thirty days of receipt of the narrative statement in order to minimize contact between people. This emergency rule will remain in effect for sixty days.

The Loft Board’s authority for this emergency rule is found in Section 282 of the Multiple Dwelling Law and section 1043(i) of the City Charter.