A new law became effective December 3, 2014 in New York State. This law requires landlords to include a disclosure in a rental lease about the sprinkler system status of an apartment. This covers not only landlords of large apartment type buildings, but landlords of one and two family rental property as well. The law is relevant for leases, sub-leases, renewal contracts and renewal leases.
A few specifics regarding the new requirement. The print in the lease must be in bold. The specific requirement of the landlord is to include language that states whether there is or is not a sprinkler system installed at the time of the lease signing.
At this time, there is no requirement that a sprinkler system be installed if there isn’t already one in place, and there is no penalty in place for landlord non-compliancy with the new rule (yet). However, going forward, all new leases should include language that covers the sprinkler system status.
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