By Alex Dobuzinskis/Associated PressThe latest news in business and finance headlinesRead the latest headlinesThe latest in real estate, sports and entertainmentThe latest on a major earthquake that hit NepalA new state law allows people to bring in pets in places of worshipThe Latest on a new state tax law that could affect more than 200,000 people in New YorkCity has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for failing to keep up with rising rents and a $400,000 penalty for people who rent cars without insurance.
City council members voted Thursday to approve a package of measures that will raise the maximum monthly rental from $800 to $1,000 and impose a surcharge of $150 on renters who rent from a company that does not have a franchise.
The city is among several states that have passed laws or proposed legislation that would allow residents to bring pets in to the homes of their neighbors, as long as they pay a fee of $100 per month.
The bill, which has not been made law, was expected to be approved by the full city council next week.
The bill would require people to have a pet permit to bring their pets to the property and set up a registry that would track owners.
The measure also would require that pets have tags that state their breed and gender, a requirement that some cities and counties have ignored.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the measure on Friday, and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said the mayor is working on finalizing the legislation.
In New York, a dog can be a passenger in a car or a pet in a vehicle, but it can’t be a person.