Section 99.3 - General provisions

99.3 General provisions. Application for payment of moving expenses shall be made to the State Commissioner of Health upon forms prescribed by him and shall be accompanied by such information and evidence as he may require, and payment of such will be made to eligible persons under the circumstances and to the extent set forth below:

(a) General provisions applicable to both residential and commercial moves.

(1) When there has been an approval of a property acquisition program and property appropriation maps have been filed in the Department of State and the occupant of the property has been notified of such pending acquisition by the State or an agreement of purchase has been executed by the property owner and delivered to the State, the eligible persons are authorized to proceed with the relocation.

(2) Moving expenses shall not include any cost of construction or improvement at the new location to replace property for which compensation was made in the acquisition of right-of-way.

(3) In case of a partial taking of right-of-way by the State, removal from the area being acquired to a remainder area shall be considered a relocation eligible for the collection of moving expenses if removal of personal property of an eligible person is necessary.

(4) Moving expenses shall not include any indirect losses or losses due to negligence.

(5) Where an eligible individual or family occupy bona fide living quarters on the same premises as a business concern (including the operation of a farm) or a nonprofit organization they may be considered as a separate eligible person in determining the amount of payment for residential moving costs.

(6) After an eligible person has vacated the property, no moving expense payments will thereafter be eligible to any party with respect to the subsequent occupancy of the same property.

(b) General provisions applicable only to commercial moves. (1) The relocation payments in which the State funds may participate may not exceed $3,000 in the case of an owner or tenant of commercial property which shall include property owned or occupied by an individual, family, business concern (including the operation of a farm), and nonprofit organization. In the case of a business organization, if the distance, measured by a straight line, from the point from which such business or organization was displaced to the point of relocation, exceeds 50 miles, the amount which State funds will compensate shall not exceed the cost of moving 50 miles or the cost of moving beyond the New York State boundary line if such boundary is within 50 miles.

(2) In the case of moving a business concern, nonprofit organization or the operation of a farm, any necessary storage during the adjustment of improvements, but not in excess of six months, may be considered as part of the moving costs.

(c) General provisions applicable only to residential moves. The relocation payments in which the State funds may participate may not exceed $300 in the case of an individual or family occupying residential property and shall be made in accordance with the schedule of payments in fixed amounts as set forth herein, in lieu of payments of reasonable and necessary actual expenses.

(2) Providing a building or structure acquired by acquisition is returned to the owner under an agreement of adjustment as a part of the consideration in the claim, the owner will not be entitled to collect moving expenses unless all or a very substantial amount of his personal effects, furniture, and household equipment are removed from the structure before the building itself is moved, in which case the number of rooms from which the furniture and household equipment are removed will be counted in accordance with the schedule of fixed moving expenses outlined below.

(3) Providing an agreement of adjustment is made with the owner of a trailer or mobile home which has been acquired by the State as real property and the trailer or mobile home is returned to the owner under an agreement of adjustment as part of the consideration in the claim, no allowance will be made to the owner upon the removal of the entire trailer or mobile home from the premises unless it is necessary to remove all of his personal effects, household equipment and furniture from the trailer or mobile home before it is moved.

(4) Where more than one eligible individual or family occupy the same premises and move to new locations, each eligible individual or family may qualify for relocation; however, their joint claim for moving expenses shall not exceed the fixed moving expenses for the total number of rooms occupied jointly by such persons.
 

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