New York Apartment Safety – What Your Landlord Must Provide
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No fee apartment rentals in NYC deserve the best protection. It's the best way to feel secure in your own apartment.

Ron Leshnower has written a very helpful guide in About.com’s Apartment Living / Rental section. Here’s a link for your convenience. Prior to reading this article, I hadn’t realized how many laws New York has to protect apartment rental tenants from crime or harm. So if you’re about to rent a fabulous no fee apartment from Rent-Direct.com, brush up on the basics that a landlord must provide. If you want to see the sections of the law that apply to each item, see Ron’s original article on About.com.

Landlords must install smoke detectors in your apartment. Landlords are required to install battery-operated smoke detectors in their apartments that are:

  • located within ten feet of each bedroom or other room used for sleeping, and
  • clearly audible in each of these rooms.

If you rent in New York City, your landlord may ask you for reimbursement (up to $10) for the cost of purchasing and installing each smoke detector. However, if a smoke detector doesn’t work properly during the first year and you’re not to blame, then your landlord must repair or replace the faulty detector without reimbursement.

Landlords must install smoke detectors in your apartment. Landlords are required to install battery-operated smoke detectors in their apartments that are:

  • located within ten feet of each bedroom or other room used for sleeping, and
  • clearly audible in each of these rooms.

If you rent in New York City

No fee apartments in New York need a good lock for proper security. In fact, every apartment in New York needs a good lock.

, your landlord may ask you for reimbursement (up to $10) for the cost of purchasing and installing each smoke detector. However, if a smoke detector doesn’t work properly during the first year and you’re not to blame, then your landlord must repair or replace the faulty detector without reimbursement.

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Landlords must engage in basic crime prevention. State law requires landlords to take basic precautions to protect against foreseeable crime. For example, landlords must repair or replace faulty locks and broken windows, as needed.

Building entrances must be safe and secure.. If your apartment building was built or converted to a multiple dwelling after January 1, 1968, it must have automatic self-closing and self-locking doors at all building entrances. These doors must be kept locked at all times, except when a lobby attendant is on duty. Your landlord is also responsible for ensuring that building entrances, as well as stairways and courtyards, have adequate lighting.

Certain buildings must have two-way intercoms. If your apartment building was built or converted to a multiple dwelling after January 1, 1968 and it has eight or more apartments, it must have a two-way intercom system that enables you to communicate with visitors at the building’s entrance and buzz them in.

Certain buildings must have two-way intercoms. If your apartment building was built or converted to a multiple dwelling after January 1, 1968 and it has eight or more apartments, it must have a two-way intercom system that enables you to communicate with visitors at the building’s entrance and buzz them in.

Landlords must provide apartment door locks and let you install a second lock. In addition to the landlord-supplied lock, you may install your own lock not more than three inches in circumference, provided you give your landlord a duplicate key upon request. Note that your landlord can’t require you to pay more rent or a fee for the installation of an additional lock.

Landlords must provide peepholes. Your landlord must provide a peephole in apartment doors of buildings. In New York City, landlords must also install a chain-door guard on the entrance door to each apartment, which allows you to open your door enough to see who’s there.

Landlords must provide secure mailboxes in most buildings. Federal postal regulations require landlords to provide secure mailboxes for tenants in buildings with at least three apartments. Your landlord must also keep your mailbox and lock in good working order.

Here’s the link again. Now go read the original article and look at some of the other links Ron has thoughtfully provided.

https://apartments.about.com/od/newyork/a/New-York-Crime-And-Safety.htm

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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the RDNY.com office for the past 24 years, and, in the process, has become the president of RDNY.com, Rent-Direct.com, and Acmelistings.com. His mission is to build RDNY.com into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before RDNY.com, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

This article has 4 comments

  1. robert tully Reply

    My lanlord is the worst I have not only ever rented from, but have heard of. He will jerry rig things that need to be fixed, called one time on Christmas day about ONE DOLLAR we owed him! Now our mail box has been deemed unsafe by the USPS and he will not fix it. The USPS said they will allow us to pick up our mail for 30 day’s and then it will be returned. What can I do? My landlord is NOT going to buy new mailboxe’s for the building (18 apts) in NY STATE. Any help appreciated. Robert in Buffalo, NY

    • Lorenzo Reply

      Have you asked the local postmaster to help you? Have you gone to the buildings departement? NY State has building codes that require the landlord to maintain the mailboxes. You postmaster may be familiar with the code guidelines.

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