New York Rental Laws

New York Rental Laws

Your New York Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of New York

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of New York was 19,746,227 on July 1, 2014, a 1.9% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of New York has 62 counties.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits:

  • Amount: 1 Month
  • Return Deadline:  Reasonable Time

Fees and Notices:

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  Regulated units: 10 days or as set by applicable rent regulation.
  • Non-regulated units: No statute.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes or repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures:

Real Estate Links:

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act – Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act – The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Options for Tenant Screening Packages and Prices
  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties Provided:  Albany,  Allegany,  Bronx,  Broome,  Cattaraugus,  Cayuga,  Chautauqua,  Chemung,  Chenango,  Clinton,  Columbia,  Cortland,  Delaware,  Dutchess,  Erie,  Essex,  Franklin,  Fulton,  Genesee,  Greene,  Hamilton,  Herkimer,  Jefferson,  Kings,  Lewis,  Livingston,  Madison,  Monroe,  Montgomery,  Nassau,  New York City,  Niagara,  Oneida,  Onondaga,  Ontario,  Orange,  Orleans,  Oswego,  Otsego,  Putnam,  Queens,  Rensselaer,  Richmond,  Rockland,  St. Lawrence,  Saratoga,  Schenectady,  Schoharie,  Schuyler,  Seneca,  Steuben,  Suffolk,  Sullivan,  Tioga,  Tompkins,  Ulster,  Warren,  Washington,  Wayne,  Westchester,  Wyoming,  Yates

Last Updated: April 15, 2020