Additional Housing Resources

Additional Housing Resources

Building Codes 

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.

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Disabled 

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.

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Health & Safety 

The NYC Department of Health offers information on a wide variety of topics at Healthy Indoors including:

  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Smoking Laws & Smoke-Free Housing
  • Window Guards/Window Falls Prevention
  • Pesticides
  • Noise
  • Indoor Air Quality

The Dept. of Health also offers information at Healthy Homes on topics including:

  • Asthma
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Domestic Violence
  • Heat Illness and Heat Waves
  • Pests and Pesticide Information
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Mold Prevention
  • Poison Proofing
  • Preventing Injuries among children and seniors

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Pets 

Learn about the rules and regulations of keeping pets in New York City apartments:

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Seniors 

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.

New York Housing Search lists available housing throughout New York State for seniors and others, as well as links to a wide variety of other resources, agencies and organizations.

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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:

  • Heat and hot water
  • Lead-based paint
  • Window guards
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Bedbugs
  • Mold
  • Rent regulation
  • Foreclosure
  • Housing lotteries
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing Court
  • Eviction

The NYS Attorney General offers a Tenants' Rights Guide. Topics include:

  • Apartment Information Vendors and Sharing Agencies
  • Apartment Sharing
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Continuation of Utility Services
  • Crime Prevention
  • Disabilities
  • Discrimination
  • Elevator Mirrors
  • Entrance Door Locks and Intercoms
  • Eviction
  • Government-Financed Housing
  • Harassment
  • Heating Season
  • Hot Water
  • Individual Locks, Peepholes and Mail
  • Landlords' Duty to Repair
  • Lead Paint
  • Lease Succession Rights
  • Lease Terminations for Military Personnel
  • Lease Terminations for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Leases - What is a Lease?
  • Lease Provisions
  • Lobby Attendant Service
  • Month-to-Month Tenants
  • Offices of the Attorney General
  • Oil Payments
  • Pets
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Renewal Leases
  • Rent Charges
  • Rent Control
  • Rent Overcharges
  • Rent Regulated Housing
  • Rent Security Deposits
  • Rent Stabilization
  • Retaliation
  • Right to Privacy
  • Senior Citizen Lease Terminations
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Special Types of Housing
  • Subletting or Assigning Leases
  • Tenant Organizations
  • Truth in Heating
  • Warranty of Habitability
  • Window Guards

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