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.