Landlord Duties

In New York City, renters and landlords have rights and responsibilities to maintain residential property. Owners must register their properties annually, provide essential services and ensure their properties are safe and habitable according to the standards of the HPD-enforced New York City Housing Maintenance Code. These webpages will explain the basic  maintenance requirements, penalties and fees, and the potential for not clearing violations and entering one of the City's enforcement programs.

It is illegal for building owners to force tenants to leave their apartments or surrender their rights (see our page on Tenant Harassment).

Tenants also have responsibilities to their building owners and their apartments. They may not damage the building, intentionally or through neglect, and they are responsible for the actions of their guests. Owners have the right to access a tenant’s apartment in order to perform repairs and/or inspections provided that access is at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner.

A variety of Outreach and Education tools are also available to answer your housing-related questions.

Finally, there is important information for all owners on best practices as well as new legal requirements should New York City experience a weather emergency, natural disaster, or power outage.