Keeping Tenants Warm in Cold Weather

Heat and hot water are necessities, not optional amenities. When the temperature goes down, it is necessary to provide these staples to tenants. Winter still has weeks to go, and the end of heat season is even farther away. The 2017-18 Heat Season lasts from October 1st through May 31st. During this time, you are ...

Keeping Young Tenants Safe from Lead Paint

Lead paint has been banned in households since 1978. Because of its widespread use over the course of decades, there are still a large percentage of units that still contain lead paint. As this is a serious issue, mandatory notice about lead paint must be sent to tenants every year in January. There is no ...

Housing not Warehousing

Mayor de Blasio has just signed several pieces of legislation, including Local Laws 29 and 30 of 2018, which comprise the Housing Not Warehousing Act. These bills involve taking stock of vacant land in the city. The Census Local  Law 29 is meant to increase transparency and let everyone know about the status of vacant ...

Energy Efficiency Scores will have to be Displayed

Local Law 33 of 2018 Starting in 2020, buildings over 25,000 square feet will be required to physically display an energy efficiency score. This new laws is one piece in the effort to decrease energy use across the city. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® provides the building with an overall score. The number provided what is ...

No Smoking in Public Housing by July 2018

New York City has a Smoke-Free Air Act, that came into effect in 2002, banning smoking from common areas of buildings with 10 or more apartments. Smoking in individual units is allowed unless the building has specifically banned it. However, in order to align with federal government regulations, all NYCHA buildings must be smoke free ...

Sprinkler Deadline

Local Law 26 of 2004 is in place to help with building safety in the event of an emergency or fire. It come to fruition after 9/11 occurred, and it became clear that building safety implementations were of paramount importance. Clear signage, unblocked egress, and ways to combat fire are all necessities that are included ...

Window Guards

Window guards are put in place to save lives. Children are curious and exploratory, and every year, there are injuries and fatalities caused by unguarded windows. Local Law 57 of 2011 states that guards must be present in units where children under 10 reside.  A resident in any multiple dwelling building has the right to ...

Annual Safety Notice

Annual Safety Notices must be sent out to tenants in all buildings with three or more apartments. The notices constitute information on: Lead Paint Window Guards Fire Safety Plans Forms must be delivered between January 1st and January 16th every year. They should not be  delivered any earlier or later than these dates. They can ...

Inspections Required for Elevators and Escalators

There are approximately 71,000 vertical transport devices throughout the five boroughs. This can include elevators, freight elevators, escalators, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters. These devices must be inspected in order to ensure they are safe enough for use. Contracted inspection agencies perform annual inspections, on behalf of the Department of Buildings (DOB). There are three different ...

The Importance of Cooling Tower Upkeep

Cooling towers features a fan on top, air vents on the side, and piping entering near the top and exiting the bottom. There are city requirements from the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DOHMH), as well as state requirements from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on how they must be handled and ...

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