Posted by nk on May 22, 2000 at 11:58:22:
In Reply to: Re: locks, access and sublets posted by Anna on May 19, 2000 at 21:12:05:
Once again, thank you Anna! What is the HMC and where can I find it to bring to court?
: : 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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