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NYC Local Law 55 2018 indoor allergen annual inspections

Postby morningside84 » Fri Nov 05, 2021 4:43 pm

NYC Local Law 55 2018 (Section 27-2017 et seq.) presents certain problems for rental tenants. Namely that it can be used for harassment.

1. This law requires annual inspections. This seems burdensome on tenants. Any support for changing the requirement to every 3 or 5 years, or allowing self certifications?

2. Is there a suggested protocol for carrying out the inspections? Opening every cabinet, every closet and entering them to view the back walls of such is an over-reaching invasion of privacy. The process can easily be used to make tenants uncomfortable, to harass them purposely.

Any thoughts?
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Re: NYC Local Law 55 2018 indoor allergen annual inspections

Postby TenantNet » Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:43 pm

For those that don't know, here's some information on NYC Local Law 55:
https://greenorchardgroup.com/nyc-landl ... uirements/
Just use Google fore even more information, but always understand the source of each post.

Inspections of any sort can always be used to harass tenants; they really aren't specific to LL 55.

Self certification is even worse, as we say they are an "opportunity [for LLs] to lie." Give them the chance and they will.

Changing the law is a heavy lift, but talk to your local councilperson. (but many of them will give you lip service)

However, keeping track of allergens is a good thing in the long run.

From our Reference Section on this Forum, see various topic-specific threads. Look for landlord access issues, mold and things like that. Also search the forum; these issues have been discussed a lot. LLs have to give advance notice, in writing of any inspection and state why they are inspecting and what parts of the apartment they wish to inspect. You can require that you be present (don't give them keys) and that it occurs at a reasonable time (although that might be working hours) But I would try to negotiate for night or weekend hours if that's better for you. You do not have to open every drawer or closet. You can control how much access they get, but be reasonable. And anticipate in advance, so if there's something you don't want them to see (like that pet mountain lion), than hide it beforehand. And I would be firm about no photos, not without a court order. If you can, have a witness present and record everything, either with a smartphone or nanny-cam.
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