If children under age six live in a building with three or more apartments, you can report peeling or chipped paint inside an apartment. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will inspect paint for lead hazards and ticket owners who break the law.
Before filing a complaint, you should try to resolve the issue with your landlord, managing agent, or superintendent. If you live in a co-op or condo, you should first report apartment maintenance issues to the owner, management company or board before filing a complaint with HPD.
What You Need
You must provide your contact information when making a complaint about lead paint in a residential building.
If a building has three or more apartments and was built before 1960, the landlord must send a lead notice to all tenants each year. The notice must be sent between January 1st and January 15th. If the landlord issues the January rent bill before January 1st, the notice must be included with this bill.
Owners must also send a notice to tenants in buildings with three or more units that were built between 1960 and 1978 if they know there is lead paint in the building.