Can I store personal belongings in hallways and common areas?

Section 27-2007 (c) of the New York City Administrative Code says that a tenant can’t “place any encumbrance before or upon, or cause access to be obstructed to, any fire escape, or obstruct by a baby carriage or any encumbrance, the public halls or any required means of egress.” By obstructing hallways or fire exits, a tenant is interfering with the safety of other tenants. If we find that you are storing items such as bicycles in the hallway or planters on the fire escape, we will have to ask that you kindly remove these items, as they block egress in the event of an emergency.


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