Make sure you register your building annually.
Owners of all multiple dwellings are required by law to file an annual Multiple Dwelling Registration form with HPD. This applies to buildings of 3 or more units, and 1- or 2-unit buildings where neither the owner nor family member is an occupant. The annual registration is due by September 1st. Learn More
How to comply with the housing maintenance code.
Owners are responsible for compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code
. HPD's Division of Code Enforcement responds to complaints made via 311 regarding lack of essential services such as heat and water and housing maintenance problems such as leaks, vermin and broken plaster.
How to correct violations.
For new violations, owners may correct the conditions and submit a timely certification, online or in the mail, back to Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD") per the Notice of Violation. If the violation is overdue, owners must submit a Dismissal Request or Violation Reissuance Request to HPD. Read Clearing HPD Violations FAQ
for more information.
Paying municipal fines and arrears.
Owners must pay their property tax, water, sewer, and Emergency Repair Program (if applicable) bills on time and in full. Failing to do runs the risk of interest charges, property liens, or eventual foreclosure. Read Paying Municipal Arrears FAQ
for more information.
Implementing green building and maintenance practices can save you money and help your tenants and the environment. Check out our green building
offerings, including assistance with energy efficiency upgrades.
Options for dealing with difficult tenants. The only legal way a building owner may evict a nonpaying tenant who refuses to move voluntarily is through a nonpayment eviction proceeding in Housing Court. Many leases contain "nuisance" provisions that, under certain circumstances, allow building owners to undertake eviction proceedings for objectionable conduct. See Housing Court Answers for more information.
What to do if your building is in physical or financial trouble. To qualified owners, HPD offers low-interest rehabilitation loans in neighborhoods throughout the city. If your building is already part of an HPD program, our Asset Management team may be able to help. You can also attend free in person and online classes on property management, heat/hot water systems, and other important topics.
Be prepared for a disaster. Effective May 18, 2014, owners of residential dwellings where at least one unit is not occupied by the owner are required to post a temporary notice with emergency information in the common area of the building:
Attend an HPD Landlord Resource Fair to have further questions answered in person.
HPD's Public Outreach and Education
team regularly participates in informational events for building owners, in communities across the city.
We have borough offices.
HPD has offices located in each borough to provide services to tenants and owners. Staff from of divisions of code enforcement and neighborhood preservation are there to answer your questions. Borough Service Centers locations.