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Tenants and owners of residential buildings in New York 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 multiple languages.

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" in:

By Mail

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

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