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NEW YORK (AP) If you live near a giant glow-in-the-dark lamp, you should expect to spend at least one night locked up with it, thanks to a bill that’s being filed by New York’s biggest landlord.
In a bid to ease fears of homeless residents, the city is charging a $1,500 warranty on any lamp that can be turned on for at least 30 minutes a day.
The city has been trying to curb the spread of “ghost towns” and other dark spots, like these that can’t be seen from the street.
It has installed thousands of tiny LED lights that can glow when people leave homes and businesses to go to the store, or even when they come home to a big, shiny lamp.
It’s a big-ticket effort that’s paying off.
In a survey of nearly 1,300 New Yorkers last year, more than half said they would return home to their big-screen lights if the warranty was extended.
The city estimates that about one-third of the city’s homeless population uses a big glow-stick lamp.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that the city has an obligation to protect public health and safety, but that its actions violate the city charter, the Fair Housing Act and the U.S. Constitution.
It says the warranty is invalid because the city violated its own laws when it imposed the requirement in 2012.
The ordinance was adopted by the city Council in 2013.
It requires landlords to install “bulk-lighting” and LED bulbs in most new buildings, including those under construction or for which a permit is required, and to install them on all new apartments.
The City Council also has a ban on new “ghost town” structures.
The ban was lifted in 2014 after a federal judge ruled that it was not a violation of federal housing law.
The council says that its move to make the lamp warranty a condition of renting in New York City is necessary because landlords can’t just “flip a switch” and charge the city for an extension of the warranty.