New Requirement For New York Landlords: Reasonable Accommodation Notice For Persons With Disabilities

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A change in state law that takes effect this month now requires New York residential landlords to distribute disability accommodation notices to all current tenants by April 1, 2021, and to all new tenants within 30 days of beginning their tenancy.

Any residential owner or landlord — including co-op corporations and condominium unit owners who rent their units — must provide a written notice informing tenants of their rights to request reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.

The notices, required under the state’s Executive Law, were originally included in Human Rights Law sections 296.2-b and 296.18-a but were subsequently amended slightly to become a new Section 170-d. The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) issued a sample notice, available here, that residential owners and landlords can use to comply with the law as written in the original sections of the Human Rights Law. Although the legal requirement has moved to a different section of the Executive Law, DHR’s recommended sample notice will likely remain sufficient to comply.

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