Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities

In New York City, tenants have many rights relating to the safety and quality of their housing. Many of the requirements that landlords have to follow related to the physical quality of housing are part of the Housing Maintenance Code, which HPD enforces. However, there are also other City, State and Federal laws and agencies involved in regulating whether tenants can be required to leave an apartment, when and by how much rent can be raised, and how tenants can ensure that their rights are protected.

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)