In New York City, tenants have certain legal rights and responsibilities to help keep their family safe from lead exposure at home. Tenants are not responsible for doing repairs themselves, but they do need to alert building owners of potentially dangerous conditions.
Your building owner is required to safely fix lead paint hazards if there is a child 5 years or younger living in the home, or regularly spending 10 or more hours there per week. Hazards owners must fix include peeling, chipping or cracked paint.
If your home has damaged or peeling paint, report it to your building owner. If they do not fix the problem, or if you think the work is not being done safely, call 311.
You can also request a free home assessment for lead hazards if all of the following are true:
If your home meets these conditions, call 311
Your building owner must use safe work practices and trained workers to fix a lead paint hazard, or when doing repair work that disturbs lead paint.
To follow safe work practices, building owners must:
You must fill out and return the Annual Notice form (PDF) [Español] that you receive from your building owner by February 15 of each year. This form tells your building owner if any children 5 years or younger live in the apartment, or regularly spend 10 or more hours there per week. There is also information on the form about window guard safety.
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