New York City is a city of renters, and we are here to help you protect yourself from unscrupulous landlords. You have rights that protect you from dangerous living conditions, or tactics used to force you out of your home. DOB’s tenant information provides a guide to available the resources that protect you before you move in, during your rental term, and after you leave your rental home.
Contact our Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA) at (212) 393-2949 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to report construction issues with your building.
The Department of Buildings (DOB) protects renters in a variety of ways. Our role is focused mainly on ensuring NYC’s buildings are safe to live in from the perspective of how they are constructed our maintained. We also enforce rules to protect tenants during construction, and to prevent landlords from using construction to make their tenants miserable and force them from their homes. In addition, we inspect elevators and gas hookups for defects or illegal work that could pose a serious threat to our fellow New Yorkers.
That said, we are not the only City or State agency with a role in protecting tenants. Many other situations you face as a renter are not covered by DOB. Other City and State Agencies are here to help you for the following issues:
Find out how we can help you.