HPD Introduces New ABCs of Housing

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced an update to its ABCs of Housing guide, aimed at providing crucial information on housing rules and regulations for owners and tenants. This comprehensive booklet is designed to empower New Yorkers with knowledge of their rights and responsibilities while offering guidance on accessing assistance for building maintenance, affordable housing resources, and more. Property owners are required to let tenants know about their ability to obtain a copy of the ABCs of Housing by posting a notice at the building; HPD has also redesigned this notice to include a QR code for easier access to the document for tenants. 

For tenants, the updated ABCs of Housing includes a new section on fire safety tips that addresses lithium-ion battery safety, and much more, while reinforcing guidance on maintaining a healthy home, understanding the complaint, violation, and enforcement process, navigating housing court procedures, and accessing other important resources such as Housing Court and the Tenant Helpline. 

In a significant design upgrade, the ABCs of Housing now features a flipbook format, presenting separate versions tailored for owners and tenants. Each version showcases distinct covers shot by HPD employees, celebrating the city’s diverse communities. The cover page’s underside acknowledges each employee, their respective photograph and work unit, and the boroughs where the photos were taken. 

The ABCs of Housing guide is currently available in multiple languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. 

The updated ABCs of Housing guide can be obtained through various channels, including the HPD website, local HPD offices, the HPD Mobile Outreach Van, which visits communities throughout the city during the spring, summer, and fall, and 311. 

For more information on HPD’s ABCs of Housing, please visit https://www.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/abcs-of-housing.page

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