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Landlords are required to provide safety devices for tenants

One place that people in New York expect to be safe is in their own apartments or apartment buildings. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes there are fires or an unauthorized individual enters the building and robs someone or assaults them in some way. This should never happen and while sometimes there is nothing anyone can do to prevent these bad things from happening, there are certain safety precautions that people can take to prevent them from happening.

In fact the law actually requires landlords to assist in providing some safety precautions to their tenants. One is that they are required to provide both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors inside everyone's apartment close to bedrooms. Tenants must ensure that they are in good working order, but landlords must provide them. The landlord must also install window guards on all windows inside an apartment with children under 10 years old to prevent accidental falls.

Landlords are also required to provide locks to the individual apartment doors along with peepholes. Also, buildings built or converted for apartment use after 1968 or if requested by the majority of tenants, must have self-locking doors at all entrances to the building and must remain locked at all times. There also must be intercoms at the entrances if there are eight or more units in the building. Landlords are also required to keep all common areas inside and outside of the building sufficiently lit at night. If a tenant is harmed by an intruder and it is found that the landlord negligently maintained the entrances, the tenant may be able to recover damages from the landlord.

It is important for tenants to be and feel safe inside their apartments and apartment buildings. Therefore, landlords must to provide basic safety measures to help ensure tenants safety. If these laws are not being followed, the tenants may have recourse against the landlord in a landlord/tenant dispute and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource.

Source:, "Tenants' Rights Guide" accessed on Sept. 6, 2017

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