FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHPD PUBLICATION HELPS SIMPLIFY HOUSING RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR BUILDING OWNERS, TENANTSFree booklet available on-line and by request
March 27, 2002
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today announced the availability of a free booklet for building owners and tenants that highlights topics related to housing. Building owners and tenants can download a copy of "Useful Information about Housing Rules and Regulations for Tenants and Owners" from HPD's web site, nyc.gov/hpd. Interested parties can also request the booklet by calling HPD's Information Line at (212) 863-8000.
"This booklet is a great tool in helping building owners and tenants understand their legal responsibilities to their buildings and to one another," said Commissioner Perine. "It simplifies difficult information into clear, concise and easy-to-understand pieces."
The booklet provides a general overview of HPD, and 12 housing topics. The section on Housing Courtoutlines the process of bringing disputes to court, and explains tenant actions, nonpayment eviction proceedings and holdover eviction proceedings. Tenants learn about reporting violations under the section on the Housing Maintenance Code. Terms such as rent stabilization, rent deregulation and rent control are defined in the section called Rent Regulation. Housing Rights and Responsibilitiesoutlines the building owner's legal obligations, tenant responsibilities and the required notification period for owner entry into a tenant's apartment. The booklet also contains helpful phone numbers for owners and tenants, and definitions for terms commonly used in Housing Court.
HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.