Renting an apartment in New York City is no small accomplishment -- if you’ve even gotten that far, we applaud you. But the headaches rarely end after the housing hunt does. A lot can (and probably will) go wrong during your lease. Cockroaches can move into your coffee machine, the 19th-century plumbing can give out, and you’ll very likely find your apartment at a finger-numbing 50 degrees in the middle of a snowstorm.
That’s why it’s important to know that there are local, federal, and state laws out there to protect you from even the most crooked landlord. And by studying your rights -- what you, as a renter, are entitled to have and to do -- you can save yourself a lot of grief.
Your favorite people can stay as long as they'd like
Renters can share their apartments with immediate family, children, and one additional occupant not on the lease -- meaning your landlord can’t say your guests are overstaying their welcome. Of course, if you were hoping we’d tell you this isn’t a renter’s right, feel free to lie and tell Mom and Dad they can’t come stay with you for the week.