Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
12/06/2019          

Disaster Assistance Equity Act of 2019

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12/15/2019 Introduced in House Open
12/06/2019 Introduced in House Open

            


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 5337


To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide assistance for common interest communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 6, 2019

Mr. Nadler (for himself, Mr. Rouzer, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Engel, and Mr. King of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide assistance for common interest communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Disaster Assistance Equity Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

Section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(13) RESIDENTIAL COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITY.—The term ‘residential common interest community’ means any nonprofit mandatory membership organization comprising owners of real estate described in a declaration or created pursuant to a covenant or other applicable law with respect to which a person, by virtue of the person’s ownership of a unit, is obligated to pay for a share of real estate taxes, insurance premiums, maintenance, or improvement of, or services or other expenses related to, common elements, other units, or any other real estate other than that unit described in the declaration.

“(14) CONDOMINIUM.—The term ‘con­do­min­i­um’ means a multi-unit housing project in which each dwelling unit is separately owned, and the remaining portions of the real estate are designated for common ownership solely by the owners of those units, each owner having an undivided interest in the common elements, and which is represented by a condominium association consisting exclusively of all the unit owners in the project, which is, or will be responsible for the operation, administration, and management of the project.

“(15) HOUSING COOPERATIVE.—The term ‘hous­ing cooperative’ means a multi-unit housing entity in which each dwelling unit is subject to separate use and possession by one or more cooperative members whose interest in such unit, and in any undivided assets of the cooperative association that are appurtenant to such unit, is evidenced by a membership or share interest in a cooperative association and a lease or other document of title or possession granted by such cooperative as the owner of all cooperative property.”.

SEC. 3. Removal of debris resulting from a major disaster in residential common interest communities.

Section 407 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5173) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (e) and (f); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

“(d) Rules relating to residential common interest communities.—The President shall issue rules which provide that removal of debris or wreckage from real estate owned by a residential common interest community resulting from a major disaster is in the public interest when a State or local government determines in writing such debris or wreckage constitutes a threat to life, to public health or safety, or to the economic recovery of the residential common interest community.”.

SEC. 4. Condominiums and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster.

Section 408(c)(2)(A) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5174(c)(2)(A)) is amended—

(1) in clause (i) by striking “and” at the end;

(2) by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (iii); and

(3) by adding after clause (i) the following:

    “(ii) the repair of essential common elements of a condominium or housing cooperative (such as a roof, exterior wall, heating and cooling equipment, elevator, stairwell, utility access, plumbing, and electricity) provided an individual’s or household’s pro rata share of essential common element repair costs are satisfactorily documented; and”.

SEC. 5. Applicability.

The amendments made by this Act shall apply to a major disaster or emergency declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) on or after the date of enactment of this Act.


Picture Name From Date Type
Jerrold Nadler D-NY 12/06/2019 Sponsor
Lee Zeldin R-NY 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Debbie Schultz D-FL 12/19/2019 Cosponsor
David Rouzer R-NC 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Tom Rice R-SC 01/09/2020 Cosponsor
Pete Olson R-TX 12/19/2019 Cosponsor
Eleanor Norton D-DC 01/10/2020 Cosponsor
Peter King R-NY 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Eliot Engel D-NY 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Mario Diaz-Balart R-FL 01/10/2020 Cosponsor
Joe Cunningham D-SC 12/06/2019 Cosponsor
Bonnie Coleman D-NJ 01/09/2020 Cosponsor
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Date Branch Action
12/09/2019 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
12/06/2019 President Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.Action By: House of Representatives
12/06/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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