Requirement that a Superintendent Live in the Building

August 8, 2017 | By Charles Botensten

Q: Is there a law which addresses whether a superintendent is required to physically live in an apartment building in New York City?

A: Yes.  In apartment buildings with nine or more units located in New York City, the landlord must provide: (i) janitorial/superintendent services him/herself if he/she lives in the building or (ii) the building with a superintendent who physically lives in the building, or if the superintendent does not live in the building, provide a superintendent who lives within 200 feet or one block of the building (whichever distance is greater). The name of the building owner, superintendent or janitorial company must be posted in the lobby along with a telephone number (as janitorial/superintendent services must be made available on a 24-hour basis).