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NYC Construction Codes consist of the General Administrative Provisions, Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code, and Energy Conservation Code, and are available at NYC Department of Buildings.
The NYC Housing Maintenance Code, as well as other residential safety codes, including the Fire Code and the Multiple Dwelling Law, are available at NYC Department of Buildings.
Related information on various Maintenance Requirements in residential properties can be found at NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Topics include Gas Leaks; Heat and Hot Water; Mold, Pests, Lead-Based Paint; Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors; Window Guards; and more.
Learn about special housing laws for people with disabilities by visiting the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Learn about the NYC Rent Freeze Program for the Disabled (DRIE). Similar to SCRIE for Senior Citizens, if eligible, it can freeze your rent if you are disabled.
Information on the special rights of the disabled living in rent regulated housing can be found in HCR Fact Sheet #20: Special Rights of Disabled Persons.
New York Housing Search lists available housing throughout New York State for people with disabilities and others, as well as links to a wide variety of other resources, agencies and organizations.
Health & Safety
The NYC Department of Health offers information on a wide variety of topics at Healthy Indoors including:
The Dept. of Health also offers information at Healthy Homes on topics including:
Learn about the rules and regulations of keeping pets in New York City apartments:
Learn about the NYC Rent Freeze Program for Seniors (SCRIE). If eligible, it can freeze your rent regulated rent at level you are currently paying.
NYC offers Housing Options for Seniors with info on housing options, Home Sharing, emergency assistance, and more.
Read A Housing Guide for Senior Citizens on the New York State Attorney General's Office website.
NYC Department for the Aging offers information and assistance on various issues, including housing.
Information for seniors living in rent regulated housing can be found in HCR Fact Sheet #21: Special Rights of Senior Citizens.
Tenants’ and Owners’ Rights and Responsibilities
The NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) offers a guide to Housing Rules and Regulations for Building Owners and Tenants.
Renters and landlords of residential buildings in the City have rights and responsibilities to maintain residential property. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development enforces the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law and the New York City Housing Maintenance Code. You can get more information by reading "The ABCs of Housing," a guide available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Russian. Some of the issues covered in the guide include:
The NYS Attorney General offers a Tenants' Rights Guide. Topics include: