If you live in NYC, you know that along with all the great amenities, infrastructure, and culture that makes it one of the greatest cities in the world comes a lot of laws rules that aim to keep the city livable. Many of those laws are obvious, and when you’re new to the city you quickly learn how to navigate your way around without any trouble. But there are so many other laws and statutes on the books that almost no one is able to keep track of them all. Some of these rules are favorable, not punitive, and designed to make sure that residents of the city have a high quality of life.
The NYC Painting Statute
Everyone knows that landlords must follow many laws about the safety and maintenance of the buildings they rent. Few people know that there are many laws specifying exactly what a landlord is required to do to keep a tenant’s apartment up to date and looking fresh. Your landlord’s not likely to tell you about it, but there are NYC painting statutes that require a landlord to paint every tenant’s apartment at least every three years.
That’s not a suggestion. It’s the law. New York City Administrative Code Article 3 – § 27-2013 to be exact. This NYC painting law applies to any building with three or more units, and it doesn’t discriminate based on whether the building is rented at market rate, rent controlled, or rent stabilized.
The law doesn’t mandate a slapdash touch-up, either. It specifies that the landlord has to paint all the walls and ceilings every time, or change the wallcoverings if your walls are wallpapered.
You Can Postpone But You Can’t Cancel
Many people assume that the law means the landlord only has to repaint an apartment if the tenant requests it, but that’s not the case. The obligation is not triggered by any action on the part of the tenant. If the tenant believes that the disruption caused by repainting would entail more trouble than it’s worth to them, they can ask the landlord for a postponement of up to two additional years, but after five years the landlord’s required to repaint in any case. The code also requires the landlord to keep track of when he refinishes both the public areas and the private residences in his buildings, along with a record of who performed the work.
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