Rights of Tenants in NYC

This information was originally posted on NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

rights of tenants

Rent regulation laws expired, but State Legislators agree to a five day extension.
Here’s what you need to know. The rights of tenants in NYC.

A key part of the State’s rent regulation laws were allowed to expire at midnight on June 15, 2015, however the New York Legislature has agreed to temporarily extend those laws for five (5) days from the date of expiration.

The legislature is still in session and could still act to renew or strengthen the rent regulation laws retroactively to ensure there is no lapse in coverage.

Mayor de Blasio has launched an emergency hotline so that, right now, anyone living in a rent-regulated apartment in New York City can call 311 and be connected to legal assistance from experts at Legal Services NYC, Legal Aid Society between 9 AM and 8 PM, Monday-Friday.

If you live in a rent regulated unit and have questions, please contact 311 and you will be connected to a hotline staffed by attorneys and legal interns who can provide the support and information tenants need to protect their rights.

If you are not sure whether you live in a rent stabilized apartment, you should contact DHCR at (718) 739-6400 or visit their website at www.nyshcr.org/.

If you are a tenant in an apartment in the City who is being harassed by your landlord, you can get information and help. Please see the resources listed under tenant harassment.

For more information about Rent Regulation, please read the frequently asked questions.

In New York City, tenants have many rights relating to the safety and quality of their housing. Many of the requirements that landlords have to follow related to the physical quality of housing are part of the Housing Maintenance Code, which HPD enforces. However, there are also other City, State and Federal laws and agencies involved in regulating whether tenants can be required to leave an apartment, when and by how much rent can be raised, and how tenants can ensure that their rights are protected.

It is important that tenants understand both their rights and responsibilities. These pages help to explain some of the rights you have as a tenant and will refer you to resources that will help you to understand and exercise those rights.

It is important that tenants understand both their rights and responsibilities. These pages help to explain some of the rights you have as a tenant and will refer you to resources, such as the ABCs of Housing, that will help you to understand and exercise those rights.

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