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How to Cure a Violation

If you have received a DOB Class 2 or 3 violation for the first time, you may be able to put things right without paying a penalty. Violations are rated by how pressing the matter is, with a Class 1 being the most dangerous. A list of violations and what class they fall under can ...

Flow Tests

Standpipes are installed in multi-story buildings, and are available for fire hoses to connect to. Sprinkler systems are also in place in large buildings. Flow tests on these devices must be performed by a licensed fire suppression plumber. Sprinklers and standpipes need to be tested every three to five years. Your contractor will ask the ...

The HPD’s Alternate Enforcement Program

The HPD’s Alternate Enforcement Program (AEP) helps take care of buildings that are in great need of servicing. Keeping your tenants in bad conditions and doing nothing to fix it will get your building on this list. Each year, 250 properties across the city are deemed the most in need of immediate repair, due to ...

Violation Reissuance

Violation reissuance is a free certification program, that treats HPD violations like they are new. This way, you'll be able to submit a Certificate of Correction in order to clear the violation. Upon your time of reissuance request, your building CAN'T: Have open violations that have been issued in the past 12 months Have certified ...

Complaints and Violations: What’s the Difference?

Complaints Any member of the public can call in or submit online a complaint to 311. Complaints that apply to the whole building remain anonymous, but residents will have to provide 311 will then alert the HPD about the issue. If the issue isn't fixed, an inspector is sent to check out the situation. You ...

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How the Proactive Preservation Initiative Helps Buildings

Proactive Preservation Initiative (PPI) is an HPD Special Enforcement Program that began in 2011. The program finds and helps fix distressed multifamily buildings across the five boroughs. They look to tackle problems before they get too serious and endanger the lives of residents. Around 500 buildings are surveyed each year through the PPI. Data is then released ...

Alerting the DEP to Foundation Work

Local Law 65 of 2018 was passed to regulate how deep your building's foundation can be before you need government approval. This law comes into effect next year, in 2019. You must let the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) know about the proposed occurrence at least 30 business days prior, if the depth of the ...

Online Housing Portal

Local Law 64 of 2018 requires an online housing portal to be developed. You'll be required to provide details about your housing units. Information that will be requested from you includes: The building’s address Apartment number Floor area Number of of bedrooms in the unit Your contact details Whether the unit is occupied or not ...

New Allergen and Pest Control Law

Under this new law, you will be responsible for getting rid of allergens from your building. It will be seen as a risk to tenants’ health to have pests and indoor allergen hazards. Mold and vermin grow and multiply over time. Therefore, if their presence is caught early, it will save more time and money ...

Criminal Summons’ vs. OATH

Is an OATH hearing the same as Criminal Court? No, as these are two separate entities. OATH (also known as the ECB) is the City’s central, independent administrative law court. OATH has two divisions: the OATH Trials Division and the OATH Hearings Division. This is the court you will be dealing with when you receive ...

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