New York Landlord-Tenant Law
The Empire State is the fourth most populous state in the U.S. and known for its wide variety of cultures, beautiful landscapes, and big personality. While New York City dominates the minds of most people when discussing New York, the whole state is an excellent place to not only live, but also property invest. For our recommendations on exactly where to invest in this state, take a look at our New York state rental investment report and keep reading for more information on New York landlord-tenant law.
New York Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs
Below are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to landlord-tenant laws in New York:
How Long Does a Landlord Have to Fix Something in New York?
In New York, there is not an explicit number of days in the law that says how long a landlord has to make repairs. It’s considered the standard for landlords to fix something with a “reasonable” amount of time. If landlords fail to make repairs within a reasonable amount of time, renters can do a few things such as withholding rent, or eventually go to court and sue them. However, landlords have to follow the warranty of habitabillity which means the rental has to be safe and livable – for example, if the heat was broken or the water turned off the landlord needs to fix these issues so the unit remains habitable.
Can a Landlord Require Renters Insurance in New York?
New York law does not specifically state landlords can require renters insurance, but it does say property owners are required to have insurance on the house or building, but that doesn’t cover a renter’s personal property. Because of this, many will require in their lease agreements that tenants get renter’s insurance.
How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give to Enter a Rental Property in New York?
Landlords need to give reasonable notice before entering a property – usually around 24 hours. They should also only enter a reasonable time like between working hours to maintain a tenant’s privacy.
Due Diligence and Landlord-Tenant Laws in New York
TurboTenant has utilized many municipal sources along with official state statutes in order to compile this information to the best of our ability. However, local laws are always in flux and landlords and tenants alike should be sure to do their due diligence and consult legal help when it’s needed. We hope the following list can serve as a valuable resource and allow you to succeed as a landlord or tenant in New York. Be sure to take proper precautions when it comes to finding the top candidates for your unit by utilizing our online rental application and tenant screening services.
Disclaimer: TurboTenant, Inc does not provide legal advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. All users are advised to check all applicable local, state, and federal laws and consult legal counsel should questions arise.
New York Landlord-Tenant Law Resources
- Fair Housing Justice Center
- New York Attorney General: Fair Housing
- New York City Fair Housing
- HUD Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections: New York
Other State Resources
City-Specific Housing Resources
New York City
- United Tenant’s of Albany – Tenant Information
- City of Albany Tenant’s Rights
- City of Albany Code Enforcement
Federal Fair Housing Resources
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