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TA Spearheads Legislation to Tighten Management Access to Apartments

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Council Member Dan Garodnick introduced in the City Council legislation requested by the Tenants Association that would provide more lead time and more information as to the reason for the landlord’s need to enter a unit, except in an emergency.

Currently, an owner must give a tenant 24 hours’ notice prior to an inspection and seven days’ notice prior to nonemergency work. Under the proposed new rules, notice would be extended to 72 hours and two weeks, respectively. Tenants would have to be notified of scheduled visits by hand (under doors) and by email, as well, if they have provided management with an email address. The notices would also have to include the reason for the requested entry and the amount of time required in the apartment.

Tenants Association President John Marsh said, “Our analysis of the decades-old city law found it needed to be reformed to accommodate today’s dynamic lifestyles, newer communication methods, and the right for the tenant to be present.” Marsh continued, “As demonstrated by the scores of complaints the TA received, we found the current law to be too ambiguous.  It has resulted in managements’ violating tenants’ reasonable expectation of privacy. This legislation aims to provide better accountability for both the tenant and owner alike, and we thank Council Member Garodnick for authoring the reform.” 

Council Member Garodnick stated, “Too many residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper have been caught by surprise by an apartment inspection or entry due to nonemergency repair work. We need to set some clearer rules and proper time frames to ensure that people have fair warning before a stranger shows up in their apartment.”

Read a summary of the bill (Intro 710) here.

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