New York Landlord-Tenant Laws

Tenant Screening New York State

If you’re looking for information specific to tenant screening in NYS then be sure to check out our landlord’s guide on NYS. It has plenty of free resources and forms to help guide you to the best tenant.

Regarding Security Deposit

New York state law sets the limit that landlords can collect for security deposits to one months’ rent. Since many municipalities within the state have rent control, it’s important for landlords to comply with local regulations.

New York law requires landlords of buildings with six more units to put a tenant’s security deposit in a New York bank in an interest-bearing account. Landlords must pay the interest to the tenant annually unless the tenant chooses to receive the interest in a lump sum at the end of the tenancy.

The state laws of New York requires landlords to return the security deposit within 14 days after the tenant moves out and surrenders the rental property.

New York laws concerning security deposits can be found here.

Regarding Application Fees

As of 2019, NYS landlords may only charge up to $20 for application fees when screening tenants. Applicant’s also cannot be denied due to a previous eviction, landlords who use this data to deny a tenant applicant are in violation of new regulations.

Regarding Tenant Bad Checks

Civil Penalties: Amount of the original check, plus up to two times that amount (cannot exceed $750).

Criminal Penalties: The tenant could get up to 3 months in jail, or up to a $500 fine.

Allowable Fees: $20

Regarding Notice of Termination for Nonpayment

In New York, a landlord must give a tenant at least 10 days in which to pay rent or vacate. After that, the landlord can begin eviction proceedings.