Rental Guide

Landlords and Building Violations

Landlords and Building Violations

Check to see if there are any violations on the building by using the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Building Registration and Violation Service.

Types of Violations:
Class A - Non-hazardous violations, such as minor leaks or lack of signs designating floor numbers.  An owner has 90 days to correct an A violation and two weeks to certify repair to remove the violation.
Class B – Hazardous violations, such as requiring public doors to be self-closing, adequate lighting in public areas, lack of posted Certificate of Occupancy, or removal of vermin. An owner has 30 days to correct a B violation and two weeks to certify the correction to remove the violation.
Class C – Immediately hazardous violations, such as inadequate fire exits, rodents, lead-based paint, lack of heat, hot water, electricity, or gas. An owner has 24 hours to correct a C violation and five days to certify the correction to remove the violation.  If the owner fails to comply with emergency C violations such as lack of heat or hot water, HPD initiates corrective action through its Emergency Repair Program.

Also check the Public Advocate’s NYC’s Worst Landlords Watchlist.

You can also find a lot of information about a building on

Landlords are required to let you know if the building has had any reported bedbugs in the past year. This information will be provided as a rider to the lease.