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What would make an apartment uninhabitable? 
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What would make an apartment uninhabitable? 

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | landlord-tenant disputes |

Tenants in New York have a legal right to safe living spaces provided by landlords. If a tenant finds an issue with an apartment that would make the space uninhabitable, it may be the responsibility of the landlord to make repairs. 

Here are a few common issues with apartments that may make it unsafe for a tenant to continue living in them:

Rodent and insect infestations

A common problem with many apartments is rodent and insect infestations. Rodents and insects can not only damage apartments and furniture but also cause health risks for residents. This issue may be more prevalent if an apartment is located near a sewer, another tenant has hygiene issues or if an infestation is not properly handled by a professional exterminator. 

Structural issues

Natural hazards and older apartments could suffer from structural issues. A structural issue with an apartment may include a collapsed ceiling, bowing walls, rotten wood or loose stairs. These issues may harm tenants and could result in further issues with the structural integrity if the issues are not handled swiftly. 

Hazardous material

Many older apartments contain asbestos, mold and lead in paint and pipes. These hazardous substances can cause tenants to develop illnesses. 

Improper security 

A tenant’s health may be at risk if an apartment does not provide certain security measures, including cameras and locks. Broken doors and windows may also result in harm to tenants. 

It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand what their legal rights and responsibilities are when it is believed that an apartment is uninhabitable.