Consumer Outreach Educator
(607) 272-2292 ext 144
Cornell Cooperative Extension
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555
The resources on this site are offered to tenants and landlords in the hope of avoiding difficult rental housing situations.
This Model Residential Lease (PDF, 211K) shows the type of language and issues covered in a rental agreement (from the NY State Consumer Protection Board, 2007).
The Ithaca City Code (Chapter 258) deals with rental housing (content posted by the Buildings Department on the City of Ithaca web site).
The New York State Tenant's Rights Guide is a 36-page document (PDF, 777K) that lists and explains the laws that both tenants and landlords need to know, on topics including: leases, rent payments, security deposits, repairs, tenant safety, utilities, apartment brokers, and more. It includes a list of contact information that can provide additional help (produced by the NY State Attorney General's Office, 2008).
Complaints about the return of Rent Security Deposits can be filed with the NYS Office of the Attorney General if all attempts to resolve the dispute by the individuals involved have failed.
In the City of Ithaca, the Building Department can be reached at 274-6508.
City of Ithaca Building Department
108 East Green Street
Ithaca , NY 14850