In New York City, renters and landlords have rights and responsibilities to maintain residential property. Learn the requirements for property registration, maintenance, and asset management. Clear violations and orders and understand what penalties and fees might apply for violations, and enforcement programs. Keeping up to date on property taxpayments is also important, as failure to do can lead to enforcement actions led by HPD. It is illegal for building owners to force tenants to leave their apartments or surrender their rights - see more on tenant harassment.
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The ABC's of Housing is HPD's guide to housing rules and regulations for owners and tenants.
Owners and tenants have legal responsibilities to each other. HPD is one of many city and state agencies that enforce those responsibilities. This booklet is designed to help owners and tenants gain an understanding of the rules and regulations affecting housing, and to provide information about how to receive assistance.
Inside the guide you will find information about owners' and tenants' rights and responsibilities, staying in your apartment safely, resources for new affordable housing or rental assistance, and useful contact information for other housing related issues.
The ABC's of Housing is also available in the following languages: