Effective June 4, 2017

Local Law 153 (HMC § 27-2005)- Post gas leak notice

Local Law 153 of 2016 requires the owner of a dwelling to provide residential tenants with a notice regarding procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected. The information must be provided by:

delivering such notice to each tenant and prospective tenant of such dwelling (all tenant-occupied units, including 1- and 2- family homes) with the lease or lease renewal form for such tenant or prospective tenant AND posting and maintaining a notice in a common area of the building

Attached Link is a sample notice for use by property owners and agents beginning immediately. Until HPD finalizes its rules relating to Local Law 153, owners should post a paper copy of the sample notice in common areas and provide it to tenants. HPD’s website will be updated with the final notice language and requirements when HPD rules related to this Local Law are final. Failure to post and to provide the appropriate notice can result in a violation being issued.

September  2015

Outlet Covers in Public Areas

Effective September 3rd, 2015, Local Law 39 of 2015 requires standard 125 Volt 15-20 ampere electrical outlets that are present in the public areas of residential buildings with three or more units to have those electrical outlets protected by means of caps, covers or other safety devices over the receptacle openings. Electrical outlets in areas used exclusively for mechanical equipment or storage are exempt from this requirement. If the electrical outlets installed are listed as tamper resistant in accordance with the New York City Electrical Code, covers or caps are not required.  Tamper resistant outlets should be readily identifiable as they commonly have spring loaded inserts within the slots of the receptacle which must be depressed simultaneously to allow entry as would be typical when inserting a two or three pronged electrical appliance plug. A Class A violation will be issued for failure to comply with this requirement.  Once issued, the violation can be corrected by the installation of a cap, cover, safety device or by the replacement of the outlet itself with a tamper resistant electrical outlet.


December 2014

Housing Information Guide

Local Law 45 of 2014 of the New York City Administrative Code, Section 26-1103, requires posting a notice regarding the availability of a housing information guide for tenants and owners. The notice must be in a conspicuous place within view of the area to which mail is delivered in a multiple dwelling. A sample of the notice can also be obtained upon request through 311 or at any of our local Code Enforcement offices.  Inspectors will be verifying that the signage is appropriately posted on all inspections. Failure to post the notice will result in a class A violation, and a civil penalty of $250 may be imposed.


May 18, 2014

Be prepared for a disaster

Owners of residential dwellings where at least one unit is not occupied by the owner are required to post a temporary notice with emergency information in the common area of the building:

•           Prior to the arrival of a weather emergency

•           After a natural disaster

•           After being informed that a utility outage will last for more than 24 hours.


December 2013

Carbon Monoxide sign & Smoke Detector Sign

In late December 2013, Mayor Bloomberg signed new smoke alarm regulations that came into effect in April 2014. Local Law 112 of 2013 was signed to address the public safety concern that apartments may be equipped with smoke alarms that no longer function properly. Properly installed and working smoke alarms can provide an early warning of the presence of fire, allowing sufficient time for occupants to escape. But all too often batteries that power alarms are either removed or not replaced when they expire. This notice must be posted in the public area of a building near the certificate of inspection. The notice must: (1) have letters not less than three-sixteenths of an inch in height; (2) have letters in bold type that are properly spaced to provide good legibility against a background of contrasting colors; (3) be durable and substantially secured to the common area where posted; (4) be of metal, plastic, or decal; (5) be posted in a well-lit area, so that the notice is easily legible; and (6) use language that captures all of the information in the Model Notice below


September 27, 2011

window Guards

Each year, young children are injured or die in falls from unguarded windows. These are preventable deaths and injuries. Owners have a responsibility to ensure that window guards are properly installed. Local Law 57 of 2011 authorizes HPD to issue violations for failure to install proper window guards, and to seek penalties for noncompliance.  The window guard law also requires owners to send an annual notice to tenants of multiple dwellings (buildings of 3 or more apartments) to determine if window guards are required.

Owners must  provide and properly install approved window guards on all windows, including first floor bathrooms and windows leading onto a balcony or terrace in an apartment where a child 10 years of age or younger resides and in each common area window, if any, in such buildings. The exceptions to this law are windows that open onto a fire escape and windows on the first floor that are a required secondary exit in a building in which there are fire escapes on the second floor and up.

If tenants or occupants want window guards for any reason, even if there are no resident children 10 years of age or younger, the tenant can request the window guards in writing and the landlord must install them. For example, grandparents who have visiting children, parents who share custody and occupants who provide child care may wish to request window guards.




The official NYC HPD signage information Guide