Q: We live in a penthouse apartment with a wraparound roof terrace in a large high-rise in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Two weeks ago, a maintenance crew arrived unannounced to erect an enormous gantry on the terrace in order to access windows below that need repairs. We were told the work would take a few days, but they’re nowhere near finished. Since the crews require access to our apartment to reach the terrace, they come and go at all hours, sometimes arriving before we are out of bed, and traipse through all day. While they work, we have no privacy unless we lower all the blinds and sit in the dark. The workers do not consistently wear masks, and balked at my questions about their vaccination status. Can we set any limits?
A: A landlord is entitled to reasonable access to a tenant’s apartment, with adequate notice, to perform necessary maintenance. Work on facades or windows would certainly fall into that category, according to Jennifer Rozen, the managing attorney of the Rozen Law Group in Manhattan.
“The housing maintenance code gives broad leeway to landlords to access apartments,” Ms. Rozen said.
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