Questions and Answers for New York City Renters

Many New York City renters aren’t fully aware of their rights as a tenant. Here are 3 commonly asked questions along with the “short” answer. 

Q: The heat in my apartment hardly works, is there something I can do about this?

A: Yes, “heating season” is October through the end of May. During this period the heat must reach at least 68 degrees from 6am-10pm. From 10pm-6am the heat must reach at least 55 degrees. 

Q: I think there’s lead paint in my apartment, is there something I can do?

A: If you have children at home and believe the paint on your walls contain lead contact the NYC department of Housing Preservation and Development or NYC Department of health. One of the two agencies will send out an inspector. Click here to learn more about the dangers of lead exposure. 

Q: Who is responsible for providing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors?

A: Your landlord. There are specific guidelines about the types of detectors (i.e. batteries, carbon monoxide), read more here

Visit New York City Rent Guideline Board’s website to find more information and helpful phone numbers/contact information. 

If you believe your rights as a tenant have been violated contact Jacoby and Meyers today. 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP