Local Law 153 of 2016, which requires property owners to provide tenants with a notice regarding procedures that should be followed when a gas leak is suspected, went into effect as of June 4, 2017.
To comply with this new law, owners must provide such notice to each tenant and prospective tenant with the lease or lease renewal form and post and maintain a similar notice in a common area of the building(s).
In the notice, owners are required to provide the following procedures and information to tenants in English and Spanish:
1. Quickly open nearby doors and windows and then leave the building immediately; do not attempt to locate the leak. Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances, do not smoke or light matches or lighters, and do not use a house phone or cell phone within the building.
2. After leaving the building, from a safe distance away from the building, call 911 immediately to report the suspected gas leak.
3. After calling 911, call the gas provider for the particular building. On the notice, owners must list the name of the gas provider as well as the best contact number.
Failure to post and provide this notice can result in a violation issued by the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Owners can download and use a sample of this notice through HPD by clicking here.