Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities

In New York City, tenants have many rights relating to the safety and quality of their housing. Tenants should expect to live in safe, well-maintained buildings that are free from vermin, leaks, and hazardous conditions. Laws protect tenants from harassment. Tenants have responsibilities to their building owners and other tenants - including not damaging the building, and responding to annual owner inquiries related to window guards, lead-based paint, and to maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Tenants must obey legal terms of leases, pay rent on time, honor the rights of other tenants, and provide access for repairs. Tenants can find our of an apartment and/or building has been registered as rent stabilized by calling NYS Homes and Community Renewal at (718) 739-6400 or sending an email to rentinfo@nyschr.org.

Tenants Rights and Responsibilities FAQs

The ABC's of Housing

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:

Español (Spanish) | 简体中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Kreyol Ayisyien (Haitian Creole) | Русский (Russian) | عربي (Arabic)