[D26-10.01] 27-2005 Duties of owner
a. The owner of
a multiple dwelling shall keep the premises in good repair.
b. The owner of
a multiple dwelling, in addition to the duty imposed upon such owner by subdivision
(a) of this section, shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements
of this code, except insofar as responsibility for compliance is imposed upon
c. The owner of
a one- or two-family dwelling shall keep the premises in good repair, and shall
be responsible for compliance with the provisions of this code, except to the
extent otherwise agreed between such owner and any tenant of such dwelling by
lease or other contract in writing, or except insofar as responsibility for
compliance with this code is imposed upon the tenant alone.
[D26-10.03] 27-2006 Duties of tenant
a. A tenant shall,
in addition to complying with all provisions of this code and the multiple dwelling
law applicable to him or her, be responsible for violations of this code to
the extent that he or she has the power to prevent the occurrence of a violation.
A tenant has the power to prevent the occurrence of a violation if:
It is caused by his or her own willful act or that of a member of his or her
family or household, or a guest; or (2) It is the result of such tenant's gross
negligence, neglect or abuse, or the gross negligence, neglect or abuse of a
member of his or her family, or household or her guest.
b. The tenant,
any member of his or her family, or household, or his or her guest shall, with
respect to the public parts of the premises, be liable if a violation is caused
by such tenant's own willful act, gross negligence, neglect or abuse. c. The
fact that a tenant is or may be liable for a violation of this code or any other
law or is found liable for civil or criminal penalties does not relieve the
owner of his or her obligation to keep the premises, and every part thereof,
in good repair.
[D26-10.05] 27-2007 Certain specific duties of
tenants and others
In addition to
other duties imposed upon him by this code, no tenant, or any other person,
shall: a. remove or render inoperative any self-closing device on any door which
is required by any provision of law to be self-closing, or cause or permit such
door to be held open by any device; b. Use, or cause or permit to be installed,
a lowered door or screen door in addition to or in place of any required self-closing
door to a public hall; c. Place any encumbrance before or upon, or cause access
to be obstructed to any fire escape, or obstruct by a baby carriage or any encumbrance
the public halls or any required means of egress; d. take down, alter, destroy,
or in any way deface any sign required by this code to be displayed.
[D26-10.07] 27-2008 Owner's right of access
No tenant shall
refuse to permit the owner, or his or her agent or employee, to enter such tenant's
dwelling unit or other space under his or her control to make repairs or improvements
required by this code or other law or to inspect such apartment or other space
to determine compliance with this code or any other provision of law, if the
right of entry is exercised at a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner.
The department may by regulation restrict the time and manner of such inspections.
[D26-10.09] 27-2009 Tenant violations as grounds
of a tenant for violation of this code which:
(1) Results from willful or grossly negligent conduct and causes substantial
damage to the dwelling units; or
(2) Results from repeated or continued conduct which causes damage to the dwelling
unit or substantially interferes with the comfort or safety of another person;
(3) Consists of an unreasonable refusal to afford access to the dwelling unit
to the owner or his or her agent or employee for the purpose of making repairs
or improvements required by this code, shall constitute grounds for summary
proceedings by the owner to recover possession of such dwelling unit from the
[D26-10.10] 27-2009.1 Rights and Responsibilities
of Owners and Tenants in Relation to Pets
declaration. The council hereby finds that the enforcement of covenants contained
in multiple dwelling leases which prohibit the harboring of household pets has
led to widespread abuses by building owners or their agents, who knowing that
a tenant has a pet for an extended period of time, seek to evict the tenant
and/or his or her pet often for reasons unrelated to the creation of a nuisance.
Because household pets are kept for reasons of safety and companionship and
under the existence of a continuing housing emergency it is necessary to protect
pet owners from retaliatory eviction and to safeguard the health, safety and
welfare of tenants who harbor pets under the circumstances provided herein,
it is hereby found that the enactment of the provisions if this section is necessary
to prevent potential hardship and dislocation of tenants within this city.
b. Where a tenant
in a multiple dwelling openly and notoriously for a period of three months or
more following taking possession of a unit, harbors or has harbored a household
pet or pets, the harboring of which is not prohibited by the multiple dwelling
law, the housing maintenance or the health codes of the city of New York or
any other applicable law, and the owner or his or her agent has knowledge of
this fact, and such owner fails within this three months period to commence
a summary proceeding or action to enforce a lease provision prohibiting the
keeping of such household pets, such lease provision shall be deemed waived.
c. It shall be
unlawful for an owner or his or her agent, by express terms or otherwise, to
restrict a tenant's rights as provided in this section. Any such restriction
shall be unenforceable and deemed void as against public policy.
d. The waiver
provision of this section shall not apply where the harboring of a household
pet causes damage to the subject premise, creates a nuisance or interferes substantially
with the health, safety or welfare of other tenants or occupants of the same
or adjacent building or structure.
e. The New York
City housing authority shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.