The term “pest” refers to unwanted insects or rodents. Examples of parasites prevalent in New York homes and apartments include mice, rats, cockroaches, bed bugs, flies, moths, beetles, ants, termites, mosquitoes, wasps, spiders, ticks, centipedes and more. New York City requires the installation of approved window grilles on all windows in buildings with three or more apartments. These include first-floor bathrooms, windows to a terrace or balcony, common areas, and units occupied by a child 10 years of age or younger. This includes pest inspections and, if necessary, extermination. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act 2019 (HSTPA) states that the guarantee of habitability – your right to a habitable and clean dwelling – includes the landlord`s obligation to make repairs and also applies to public spaces in an apartment building. New York City landlords are subject to the following responsibilities: New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and much of that cost is rent. But before you take the plunge and sign a lease for an expensive apartment, here are some tips for New York City tenants. “Homeowners have various obligations regarding the reduction of lead paint,” notes Wertime, and the HPD lists what that means. If you suspect your apartment contains lead paint, file a complaint with the city about 311 or this website.
Local Law 55 of 2018 states that landlords are responsible for conducting annual inspections to ensure that tenants` homes are free of pests and mold. A common tenant issue that a landlord might face is dealing with pest complaints. It`s important to address these issues quickly, as this can lead to more serious issues such as lawsuits, fines, property damage, and health risks for everyone in the building. Here`s how your landlord should deal with the problem: Contractors are obliged to keep apartments and common areas free of pests. Spraying chemical pesticides alone does not get to the root of pest problems. Although pesticide application can sometimes be an appropriate response to a pest infestation, it should be used in combination with other pest control methods such as pest protection and improved hygiene. Building owners must hire a licensed professional to apply pesticides, as pesticides contain chemicals that can harm people, pets, and the environment. Chemical pesticides should always be used sparingly and according to label directions. If left unchecked, pest infestations can spread to apartment buildings, so homeowners need to be vigilant to prevent a costly building-wide problem.
For all your rodent problems in the apartment, contact Positive Pest Management now. We also provide management services in New York`s most rodent-infested neighborhoods, such as the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you want to install a lock on your apartment door in addition to what`s already in place, you`re allowed to do so – and according to Wertime, landlords can`t charge an extra fee for that. And one thing to note: “A landlord should never change the locks on a tenant`s apartment without going through the proper eviction process,” says Wertime. If this happens, be prepared to go to housing court to fight it. Here is the list of the owner`s responsibilities under both state laws: For buildings constructed before 1960 (or between 1960 and 1978 if owners know that lead-containing paint is present), homeowners must investigate and eliminate the dangers of lead-containing paint when selling an apartment, using safe work practices and trained workers. “Landlords are forced to supply their tenants with heating from October 1 to May 31,” says Wertime. The standard rule is that if the outside temperature is below 55 degrees, it should be at least 68 degrees in your apartment.
If your landlord doesn`t turn on the heat, Wertime recommends this precaution: “Get a thermometer and write down the temperature each day as well as the date to prepare for future actions.” Life in New York is full of situations where you`re forced to do more with less, whether it`s living in a studio apartment that might be better described as a generous walk-in closet, or having a “kitchen” that`s really just a mini-fridge and a barely functioning little oven. If there are cockroaches, mice or bedbugs in your apartment, your landlord is responsible for getting rid of them. DPH recommends working with integrated pest management (IPM) services. General preventive measures include repairing holes and leaks in buildings, destruction services and proper storage of waste. Landlords are also responsible for conducting pest inspections of vacant units before renting them to new tenants. In New York City, the average lease of an apartment lasts for at least a year, so landlords can sometimes wait for tenants to move out before doing their annual inspection. When pests enter your home, it is natural to contact exterminators. However, people in a rental situation usually wonder who is responsible for pest control, as they do not legally own the apartment. You`ve seen this notice when you rent an apartment – if a child under the age of 11 lives in an apartment, a landlord must install window grilles.
(Other tenants may also apply.) Whether you`re looking for new rental housing or long-term living in an apartment in New York City, pest control is a concern for many tenants who live in the city. New York tops the list of the most pest-infested cities in the United States, with 15% of residential areas reporting rodent and cockroach infestations in 2015. As a tenant, you are entitled to a habitable and safe living space and your landlord is subject to a legal duty of care and rental diligence. But there are many basic necessities – like heating, hot water, safety measures, and more – that your landlord must provide in a rental unit, no matter how small or original your apartment is. Before filing a complaint, you should try to resolve the issue with your landlord, manager or janitor. If you live in a co-op or condominium, you must first report any maintenance problems to the landlord, management company or board of directors before filing a complaint [..]. If a pest problem occurs due to “intentional personal act, assistance or neglect” by a tenant or a member of their family, household or guests, the tenant may be held responsible for the costs associated with pest control. The Children`s Lead Poisoning Prevention Act requires landlords to identify and address the hazards of lead-containing paint in homes occupied by young children.
Landlords must also inspect units occupied by children under the age of six and public areas for peeling paint, chewing surfaces, damaged surfaces, friction and touching surfaces. Under New York State law, landlords must provide a pest-free home to their tenants. The appearance of rats, mice, cockroaches and mold in the tenant`s apartment or common area may result in a Class C violation under Local Law 55 of 2018. Similarly, the landlord is obliged to take care of the elimination of bed bugs in a dwelling. One of the rights of tenants in New York includes the right to a safe, mold-free home. Local Law 55 of 2018 requires owners of buildings with three or more apartments to keep their tenants` homes free of mold and quickly repair leaks to prevent mold growth and growth. In an apartment with a housing management company, the board is responsible for keeping the common areas of the building free of pests. Tenants must notify the housing authority of any infestation so that it can take steps to prevent its spread to other entities.
Landlords must provide and install smoke alarms and at least one approved carbon monoxide detector in each unit, as well as written information about testing and maintenance of the detectors. However, if a tenant breaks or removes a sensor, they must replace it. Pests are not just pests – they pose a health risk. If your landlord has not implemented the pest control methods described by the HSTPA and you have become ill due to exposure to pest waste or other hazards, contact Leav & Steinberg LLP attorneys to discuss your liability claim. Our expertise has helped us recover millions of dollars in compensation in previous cases in and around New York, and each of our clients will be assigned a legal team that includes a paralegal and a lawyer who will work diligently in their best interests.