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Re: locks, access and sublets

Posted by Anna on May 19, 2000 at 21:12:05:

In Reply to: Re: locks, access and sublets posted by nk on May 19, 2000 at 12:04:49:

: Thank you for your helpful reply Anna. Could you indicate the law that states that she is required to provide two locks in New York City. If I could cite this law, my case would be golden. Thank you!!!!!

Search on TN Home is bringing back mostly DHCR decisions, so a good place to look for the law/rule/code reference is in the Atty General's handbook (click below) or in the CTRC brochures on the NY Tenants' page.

Mark might be right, maybe only one working deadbolt required:

per the HMC, your apartment door must be equipped with a deadbolt lock, a peephole, and a chain guard. HMC 27-2041, 2043.

The landlord is required to keep them (and any other locks were there when you moved in) in good working order. (general rule: if it's there and it's broken, fix it) MDL, HMC)

You have the right to install any additinal lock at your expense.MDL 51-c

If your door had only one lock and it was not a 'heavy duty deadbolt operated by a thumb-turn on the inside, your landlady is responsible for it.

MDL Sec. 51-c. Rights of tenants to install and maintain locks in
certain entrance doors.

Every tenant of a multiple dwelling, except a tenant of a
multiple dwelling under the supervision and control of a
municipal housing authority, occupied by him, except as a hotel
or motel, or college or school dormitory, shall have the right to
install and maintain or cause to be installed and maintained in
the entrance door of his particular housing unit in such multiple
dwelling, a lock, separate and apart from any lock installed and
maintained by the owner of such multiple dwelling, not more than
three inches in circumference, as an ordinary incident to his
tenancy, provided that a duplicate key to such lock shall be
supplied to the landlord or his agent upon his request; and every
provision of any lease hereafter made or entered into which
reserves or provides for the payment by such tenant of any
additional rent, bonus, fee or other charge or any other thing of
value for the right or privilege of installing and/or maintaining
any such lock, shall be deemed to be void as against public
policy and wholly unenforceable.

HMC 27-2041 (formerly D26-20.01)

In every dwelling the owner shall provide and maintain a peephole
in the entrance door of each dwelling unit. Such peephole shall be
located; as prescribed by the department, in such a place that
the person in each dwelling unit may view from the inside any
person immediately outside the entrance door. However, such
peephole need not be installed in any tenant-occupied one- or
two family home where it is possible to see from the inside any
person immediately outside the entrance door. This section shall
not apply to hotels, apartment hotels, college or school
dormitories or owner-occupied dwelling units in one- and
two-family homes

HMC 27-2043 (D26-20.05)
a. The owner of a dwelling shall provide a key lock in the etrance
door to each dwelling unit and at least one key. In a class A
multiple dwelling such door shall be equipped with a heavy-duty
latch set and a heavy duty dead bolt operable by a key from the
outside and a thumb-turn from the inside.

b. Each dwelling unit entrance door in a Class A multiple dwelling
shall also be equipped with a chain door guard so as to permit
partial opening of the door.

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