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Re: Landlord's Right to Keys

Posted by New York Tenant on May 18, 2001 at 07:55:29:

In Reply to: Landlord Access posted by Deirdre Cregan on May 17, 2001 at 12:19:10:

Section 51-c of the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) gives tenants the right to install a second lock on their apartment entrance doors, but also requires them to give a copy of the key to the landlord, if requested.

See MDL 51-c at:

However, MDL 51-c doesn't appear to cover a situation where the landlord fails to make a copy of the key for the apartment entrance door lock installed by the landlord.

: I live in Manhattan in New York City. I have a rent stabilized apartment. My landlord has requested a set of keys for the apartment - he says that it is a law in New York State that I provide them for him. He says it is in case of an emergency and he is withholding our new mailbox keys unless we turn over our keys. My understanding was that I have to provide access - not keys and that it is not a law.

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