NYC LOCAL LAW 55 of 2018


January 19th, 2018 – The New York City Council passed NYC Local Law 55 of 2018, referred to as the “Asthma-Free Housing Act,” to combat rising asthma rates and improve quality of life for New York residents.

The bill requires landlords to prevent and remove indoor health hazards that can trigger asthma such as mold and pests, as well as mandating the use of safe and effective methods to ensure long-term success.

The existence of an indoor allergen hazard(mold, pests) in any dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling, is declared to constitute a condition dangerous to health, which must be addressed by the owner.


  • Owner of a multiple dwelling shall initiate an investigation for indoor allergen hazards in all occupied dwelling units and in the common areas.
  • Investigations shall be performed at least once a year, or as frequently as necessary, e.g. when exercising reasonable care to identify possible foreseeable indoor allergens, or when an occupant makes a complaint concerning a condition that is likely to cause an indoor allergen hazard, or when an occupant requests an inspection or department issues a notice of violation or violation order.
  • All tenant leases must contain a notice, advising tenants of ownership’s obligations (as detailed above); this notice should be approved by the DOB and be available in multiple languages.

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