An ROP is a Residential Occupancy Permit. This document, issued by the Albany Department of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance, certifies that the unit has passed a basic safety inspection and can legally be rented out. Newly-issued ROP's are valid for 24 months (two years).
You can look up whether your building has an ROP by clicking here.
If there is a code violation at your unit, try contacting your landlord first (if it is safe for you to do so). It is a good idea to request the repairs in writing, so that you will have documentation of your efforts to communicate with your landlord.
The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) closed in November 2021. At this time, the primary provider of rental assistance in the community is United Tenants of Albany (UTA). UTA's Housing Hotline can be reached by calling (518) 436-8997 x3.