What NYC Landlords Need To Know About Family Child Care

March 19, 2018

Dear New York Landlord,

This letter is to inform you of the rights of an individual looking to start a family child care home (an in-home daycare or preschool) in their rented property.

Here are some facts for your reference:

  • Family child care homes are limited to either 6 or 12 children under the age of 5 depending on whether they are under a small or large license. Family child care homes are regulated by New York State and New York City’s Department of Health.
  • You cannot evict a tenant for starting a family care home in a property they rent from you. You also cannot increase their rent drastically from year to year or increase it because they have started a family child care home.  All rent increases must be within the local law.
  • You may ask for an increased security deposit but the amount must not exceed the maximum allowed under law.
  • Wonderschool partners in the pre- or post-licensing stage a minimum of $1Million in liability insurance and landlords can be added as an additional insured under these policies.
  • If you are worried about wear and tear on the property, understand that family child care directors have a strong incentive to keep areas neat and clean to attract families and adhere to licensing requirements. The Licensing Board spot-checks homes to be sure they are safe and well-maintained.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to email us at hello@wonderschool.com.


The Wonderschool Team

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