Digital Library

The following online courses, audio clips, and videos provide instruction on a wide variety of topics.

Online Courses

Bed Bugs Management [Español]
Learn to identify, prevent, and eliminate a bed bug infestation and HPD's role in enforcing owner compliance.

First Time Homebuyers
Learn what to do and expect when considering buying your first home.

Building Heating Systems
Understand the heat and hot water requirements for NYC landlords with a review of basic steam and hot water heating systemsPlease note that as of October 1, 2017 "Heat Season" requirements have changed: between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, the inside temperature is required to be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

Landlord's Guide to Lead Safety
Learn the NYC rules regarding lead paint.

Audio

Mold [Français] [Polski] [Русский] [Haitian Creole] [普通话版] [广东话版] [Español] 
Learn how to identify the causes and address the conditions for mold, and ladlord responsibilities.

HPD's Bed bug-sniffing dogs
Learn about these animals and when we bring them into your home to investigate a possible bed bug infestation. 

Preventing slips, trips and falls in your home
Simple things you can do to make your home a safer place.

Baby-proofing your home
Whether you are bringing home a baby or chasing after a toddler, every room in your home can be dangerous for a child. Here is a review of free and low cost changes you can make around your home to keep kids safe.

Applying for a rent increase on a Section 8 unit 
Learn how Sec. 8 rent is determined, the criteria for HUD payment standards, fair market rents, and maximum allowable rents, and when and how can you apply for an increase.

Change of ownership requirements for owners: Section 8 
Learn what paperwork will you need to submit to HPD if you are buying or selling a building in which there are HPD Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) subsidized units.

Clean Heat regulations phase out the use of #6 and #4 heating oils in NYC buildings 
New guidelines require buildings burning heavy heating oils to convert to cleaner options in an effort to reduce air pollution in NYC. Learn about the facts and free resources available to help with the transition. More information is available at NYC Clean Heat.

Housing Code Violations
Learn when and why HPD inspectors write violations and what you must do to clear them.

Home Energy Saving Tips
Discover how you may be wasting energy at home and implement simple changes that can result in lower utility bills.

Healthy Homes
Learn about the environmental conditions in your home that may impact your health. Learn the hazards and how to clean them safely.

Housing Lottery Part 1 & Housing Lottery Part 2 Inside the rules of the HPD and HDC housing lotteries.

Household Chemical Safety 
Find out the potential dangers of the chemicals in your household cleaning products and how to use them safely.

Greening Your Home
Learn how to replace commercial household cleaning products with greener alternatives.

Videos

The HPD Code Enforcement Six Point Inspection
Learn what every HPD Code Inspector must look for when he or she comes to a tenant's apartment in response to a complaint.

How HPD inspectors respond to a tenant's heat or hot water complaint
What HPD Code inspectors must look for when investigating a complaint of a lack of heat or hot water. Please note that as of October 1, 2017 "Heat Season" requirements have changed: between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, the inside temperature is required to be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

Building Safety and Security
Increase the security of your residential building and the safety of your tenants.

Securing Vacant Buildings
What to do about an inadequately secured building in your neighborhood.

Building Safety with Law Enforcement
How to establish and maintain a successful working relationship with your local police precinct in order to increase the security of your residen