N.Y. Real Property Tax Law Section 421-FF
Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings in cities with a population between twenty-seven thousand five hundred and twe...


§ 421-ff. Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings in cities with a population between twenty-seven thousand five hundred and twenty-eight thousand based upon the two thousand ten federal census.

1.

Residential buildings which have been reconstructed, altered or improved subsequent to the effective date of a local law pursuant to this section shall be exempt from taxation and special ad valorem levies to the extent provided hereinafter in cities with a population between twenty-seven thousand five hundred and twenty-eight thousand based upon the two thousand ten federal census. For purposes of this section, “reconstruction”, “alteration” or “improvement” shall not include ordinary maintenance and repairs. After a public hearing, the governing board of a city with such a population may adopt a local law to grant the exemption authorized pursuant to this section. A copy of such local law shall be filed with the commissioner and the assessor of such city who prepares the assessment roll on which the taxes of such city are levied.

2.

Such buildings shall be exempt for a period of two years to the extent of one hundred per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable to such reconstruction, alterations or improvements and for an additional period of four years subject to the following:

(a)

The extent of such exemption shall be decreased by twenty per centum of the “exemption base” each year during such additional four-year period, such that during year three there shall be an exemption of eighty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, during year four there shall be an exemption of sixty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, in year five there shall be an exemption of forty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable and in year six there shall be an exemption of twenty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable; and

(b)

The “exemption base” shall be the increase in assessed value due to improvements as determined by the assessor in the initial year of such six-year period following the filing of an original application.

3.

There shall be enhanced benefits for improvement to real property meeting certification standards for green buildings. Such residential real property that has been reconstructed, altered or improved that is certified under a certification standard approved by the city which is determined to be equivalent to the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) certification for the categories of certified/silver, gold or platinum as meeting green building standards shall be exempt for the following percentages, provided that a copy of the certification for a qualified category is filed with the assessor of such city and the assessor approves the application for the applicable category as meeting the requirements of this section and the local law of such city:

(a)

Certified/silver certification standard. Such buildings shall be exempt for a period of three years to the extent of one hundred per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable to such reconstruction, alteration or improvement and for an additional period of four years. The extent of such exemption shall be decreased by twenty per centum of the “exemption base” each year during such additional four-year period such that during year four there shall be an exemption of eighty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, during year five there shall be an exemption of sixty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, in year six there shall be an exemption of forty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable and in year seven there shall be an exemption of twenty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable. The “exemption base” shall be the increase in assessed value due to improvements as determined by the assessor in the initial year of such seven-year period following the filing of an original application;

(b)

Gold standard. Such buildings shall be exempt for a period of four years to the extent of one hundred per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable to such reconstruction, alteration or improvement and for an additional period of four years. The extent of such exemption shall be decreased by twenty per centum of the “exemption base” each year during such additional four-year period such that during year five there shall be an exemption of eighty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, during year six there shall be an exemption of sixty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, in year seven there shall be an exemption of forty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable and in year eight there shall be an exemption of twenty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable. The “exemption base” shall be the increase in assessed value due to improvements as determined by the assessor in the initial year of such eight-year period following the filing of an original application; or

(c)

Platinum standard. Such buildings shall be exempt for a period of six years to the extent of one hundred per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable to such reconstruction, alteration or improvement and for an additional period of four years. The extent of such exemption shall be decreased by twenty per centum of the “exemption base” each year during such additional four-year period such that during year seven there shall be an exemption of eighty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, during year eight there shall be an exemption of sixty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable, in year nine there shall be an exemption of forty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable and in year ten there shall be an exemption of twenty per centum of the increase in assessed value thereof attributable. The “exemption base” shall be the increase in assessed value due to improvements as determined by the assessor in the initial year of such ten-year period following the filing of an original application.

4.

Exemptions granted pursuant to this section shall apply to real property taxes imposed for city purposes.

5.

No such exemption shall be granted unless:

(a)

Such reconstruction, alteration or improvement was commenced subsequent to the effective date of the local law or resolution adopted pursuant to subdivision one of this section;

(b)

The value of such reconstruction, alteration or improvement exceeds the sum of seventy-five hundred dollars; and

(c)

Such reconstruction, alteration or improvement is documented by a building permit, if required, for the improvements or other appropriate documentation as required by the city assessor.

6.

Such exemption shall be granted only upon application by the owner of such building on a form prescribed by the commissioner. Such application shall be filed with the assessor of a city with a population of not less than twenty-seven thousand five hundred and not more than twenty-eight thousand on or before the appropriate taxable status date of such city and within one year after the date of completion of such reconstruction, alteration or improvement.

7.

If satisfied that the applicant is entitled to an exemption pursuant to this section, the city assessor shall approve the application and such building shall thereafter be exempt from taxation and special ad valorem levies by the city as provided in this section commencing with the assessment roll prepared on the basis of the taxable status date referred to in subdivision six of this section. The assessor shall enter the assessed value of any exemption granted pursuant to this section on the assessment roll for the taxable property, with the amount of the exemption shown in a separate column. In any case where there is an enhanced exemption benefit based on a certification of certified/silver, gold or platinum LEED standards in accordance with applicable certification standards approved by the city, a copy of such certification shall be filed in the subject real property file.

8.

In the event that real property granted an exemption pursuant to this section ceases to be used primarily for residential purposes, the exemption granted pursuant to this section shall cease.

Source: Section 421-FF — Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings in cities with a population between twenty-seven thousand five hundred and twe..., https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/RPT/421-FF (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

420‑A
Nonprofit organizations
420‑B
Nonprofit organizations
420‑C
Exemption from local real property taxation of certain low income housing accommodations in a city having a population of one million or ...
421‑A
Affordable New York Housing Program
421‑B
Exemption of certain private dwellings, multiple dwellings and improvements from local taxation
421‑C
Exemption of certain new multiple dwellings from local taxation
421‑D
Exemption of multiple dwellings financed by the New York state housing finance agency from local taxation
421‑E
Exemption of cooperative, condominium, homesteading and rental projects from local taxation
421‑F
Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings and certain new construction
421‑FF
Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings in cities with a population between twenty-seven thousand five hundred and twe...
421‑G
Exemption from local taxation of certain multiple dwellings
421‑H
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑H*2
Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings
421‑I
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑I*2
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑J
Exemption of capital investment in multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑J*2
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑K
Exemption of certain multiple dwellings
421‑L
Exemption of capital improvements to residential buildings in certain towns
421‑M
Exemption of certain new or substantially rehabilitated multiple dwellings from local taxation
421‑N
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑O
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑O*2
Exemption of capital improvements to multiple dwelling buildings within certain cities
421‑P
Exemption of newly-constructed or converted rental multiple dwellings
421‑P*2
Exemption of capital improvements to residential new construction involving the creation of accessory dwelling units
422
Not-for-profit housing companies
423
Phase out of exemption for redevelopment company projects upon the cessation of the tax exemption granted pursuant to contract
424
Institute of arts and sciences
425
School tax relief (STAR) exemption
425‑A
Abatement of county taxes in special assessing units
426
Opera houses
427
Performing arts buildings
428
Fraternal organizations
429
Real property used for professional major league sports
430
Interdenominational centers
432
Theatrical corporations created by act of congress
434
Academies of music
436
Officers of religious denominations
438
Trustees of a hospital, playground and library
440
Infant homes
442
Soldiers monument corporations
444
Historical societies
444‑A
Historic property
446
Cemeteries
450
Agricultural societies
452
Veterans organizations
454
Indians
455
Exemption option
456
Municipal railroads
457
Exemption for first-time homebuyers of newly constructed homes
458
Veterans
458‑A
Veterans
458‑B
Exemption for Cold War veterans
458‑C
Improvements to property of severely injured members of the armed forces of the United States
459
Persons who are physically disabled
459‑A
Improvements to property made pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
459‑B
Physically disabled crime victims
459‑C
Persons with disabilities and limited incomes
460
Clergy
462
Religious corporations
464
Incorporated associations of volunteer firefighters
466
Volunteer firefighters and fire companies in villages
466‑A
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑A*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑B
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*3
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*4
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*5
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*6
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑C*7
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑D
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑D*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑D*3
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑D*4
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑E
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑E*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑E*3
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑E*4
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑F
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑F*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑F*3
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑F*4
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑F*5
Un-remarried spouses of volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers killed in the line of duty
466‑G
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑G*2
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑H
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑H*2
Un-remarried spouses of deceased volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers
466‑I
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑J
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
466‑K
Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers
467
Persons sixty-five years of age or over
467‑A
Partial tax abatement for residential real property held in the cooperative or condominium form of ownership in a city having a populatio...
467‑B
Tax abatement for rent-controlled and rent regulated property occupied by senior citizens or persons with disabilities
467‑C
Exemption for property owned by certain housing companies or sublessees of the battery park city authority and occupied by senior citizen...
467‑D
Assessment exemption for certain living quarters constructed to be occupied by a senior citizen or disabled individual
467‑E
Rebate for owners or tenant-stockholders of one, two or three family residences or residential property held in the condominium or cooper...
467‑F
Protective and safety devices tax abatement
467‑G
Rebate for owners of certain real property seriously damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of Octob...
467‑H
Partial abatement for certain rebuilt real property seriously damaged by the severe storm that occurred on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth...
467‑I
Real property tax abatement
467‑J
Exemption for certain residential properties located in certain counties
467‑K
Senior citizen longtime resident exemption
467‑K*2
Exemption for certain residential property required to participate in the federal flood insurance program
467‑L
Rebate for owners of certain real property in the city of New York
467‑M
Exemption from local real property taxation of certain multiple dwellings in a city having a population of one million or more
468
Fire patrol and salvage corps
469
Assessment exemption for living quarters for parent or grandparent
470
Exemption for improvements to real property meeting certification standards for green buildings
472
Pharmaceutical societies
474
Dental societies
476‑A
Railroad passenger stations
477
Tax exemption for industrial waste treatment facilities
477‑A
Tax exemption for air pollution control facilities
478
Tax exemption for off-street parking facilities providing underground shelters
479
Fallout shelter facilities
480
Forest and reforested lands
480‑A
Taxation of forest land
481
Taxation of land used for agricultural production
482
Quarantined lands
483
Exemption from taxation of structures and buildings essential to the operation of agricultural and horticultural lands
483‑A
Farm silos, farm feed grain storage bins, commodity sheds, bulk milk tanks and coolers, and manure storage and handling facilities
483‑B
Historic barns
483‑C
Temporary greenhouses
483‑D
Farm or food processing labor camps or commissaries
483‑E
Anaerobic digestion facilities
484
Urban redevelopment corporations and companies
485
Nuclear powered electric generating facilities
485‑A
Residential-commercial urban exemption program
485‑B
Business investment exemption
485‑C
Exemption from taxation of real property used in manufacture of steel in cities of fifty thousand or more persons
485‑D
Water-works corporations
485‑E
Empire zone exemption
485‑F
Banking development districts
485‑G
Infrastructure exemption
485‑H
Residential investment exemption
485‑I
Residential investment exemption
485‑I*2
Residential investment exemption
485‑J
Residential property improvement exemption
485‑J*2
Residential investment exemption
485‑J*3
Residential investment exemption
485‑J*4
Residential investment exemption
485‑J*5
Residential investment exemption
485‑K
Residential investment exemption
485‑L
Residential property improvement
485‑L*2
Residential investment exemption
485‑M
Residential investment exemption
485‑N
Residential-commercial exemption program
485‑O
New residential property exemption
485‑P
Economic transformation area exemption
485‑Q
Residential investment exemption
485‑R
Residential redevelopment inhibited property exemption
485‑S
Residential reassessment exemption
485‑S*2
Residential reassessment exemption
485‑S*3
Mixed use exemption program for villages
485‑T
Owner occupied residential property exemption program
485‑U
Class one reassessment exemption
485‑V
Residential revaluation exemption
485‑V*2
Residential and mixed-use investment exemption
485‑W
Newly constructed single-family and multi-family residential exemption
485‑X
Affordable neighborhoods for New Yorkers tax incentive
486
Non-profit medical and dental indemnity, or hospital service corporations
486‑A
Non-profit corporations operating as health maintenance organizations
487
Exemption from taxation for certain energy systems
487‑A
Exemption from taxation of conservation improvements to certain residential premises
488
Retirement systems
488‑A
Rehabilitation of certain class B multiple dwellings and class A multiple dwellings used for single room occupancy
489
Exemption from taxation of alterations and improvements to multiple dwellings to eliminate fire and health hazards

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 421-FF’s source at nysenate​.gov

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