Renters and landlords of residential buildings in the City have rights and responsibilities to maintain residential property. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) enforces the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law and the New York City Housing Maintenance Code.

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You can get more information by reading "The ABCs of Housing," a guide available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Urdu.

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


Download a copy of "The ABCs of Housing."

By Mail

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a paper copy.

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