Tenants have many rights relating to the safety and the quality of their housing. DOB works with other City agencies to protect these rights by preventing harassment, displacement, and promoting safety through permitted work.
Unpermitted work is construction on a building that doesn’t have the necessary permits to make it legal in compliance with City codes, laws and resolutions. Before you lease and apartment, you should verify the building can be legally occupied as presented by the owner. Research the history of the building, including violations and permits, and check that required safety measures are present. You can research building information on the Department's Buildings Information System (BIS) and the DOB NOW Public Portal.
If the construction work in your building is permitted, then