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Re: Repainting: required for all tenants: HMC

Posted by JJ on April 16, 1999 at 14:32:09:

In Reply to: Repainting before move-in... posted by jb on April 16, 1999 at 12:46:07:

: NYC, Manhattan, unregulated apartment...

: A future landlady is holding out on repainting her apartment even though
: it has been three years since she last did so. Isn't she obliged under
: current NY law to repaint? Should I wait until the new lease is signed to
: get her to repaint it? Can she use her refusal to repaint as a reason
: not to rent to me, even though we have a verbal agreement to do so and have
: filled out all the preliminary paperwork except for the lease?

Repainting every three years is required by more than one law: ALL multiple-dwelling tenants are covered by the Housing Maintenance Code (HMC), section 27-2013 (old D26-12.01). You can find the law on's main page.
Of course it makes more sense to paint before you move for both you and the landlady but if it is a deal-breaker, you can request an HPD inspection as soon as you move in. Gotta ask yourself, tho, what kind of person would refuse painting at the prices you'll be paying and in violation of old, well-known laws? That is, if she won't paint, what will she do when a pipe breaks?

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