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Renters’ Rights, in a Flash

April 15, 2010

Renting an apartment can be a nightmare. There’s a whole slew of factors to consider—price, space, location, roommate, etc.—not to mention contract jargon to contend with. It can be difficult to know what your landlord’s responsibilities consist of, not to mention what your rights are.

Designer, urban planner, and Helsinki-based artist Candy Chang has made it a bit easier to navigate the tricky renting landscape. Teaming up with NYC nonprofit Tenants & Neighbors, Chang has developed a 30-card box set of New York State’s official Tenants’ Rights Guide. Cards cover topics such as privacy, security, discrimination, pets, and brokers.

Besides being beautifully and clearly designed, the cards offer tidbits of laws I never thought existed. I didn’t know, for example, that buildings after 1968 must have mirrors in the elevators or that additional locks can’t be more than three inches in circumference.

I love how these cards are a great alternative to the excruciatingly boring research that honestly, I and many others probably never get around to doing. I’d soon as let the paint peel off the walls than call my landlord up. So next time I’m about to rent a place or am listening to a friend’s woes about their awful subletting experience, I’ll be sure to whip out these cards.

And the best part? The whole set only costs $10, with profits going to Tenants & Neighbors.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 15, 2010 1:31 pm

    Love the idea. Bravo.

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