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 to regulators, lenders, and owners after properties have been surveyed. The HPD releases information on properties they’ve analyzed to lenders and regulators.

The HPD looks into a number of data points to decide which buildings are at the highest risk, including:

  • Housing code violations
  • Unpaid fees & fines
  • Referrals from the community, elected officials, and advocates

There are four different categories an at-risk building can be ranked:

Severe Physical Distress

The Proactive Enforcement Bureaucracy (PEB) inspects the entire building. They issue violations when building codes have been violated. For urgent matters, they get the repairs to be done and then charge for the work. If this is not paid for, it can result in a tax lien on your property.

Non-Emergency Physical Distress

In non-urgent conditions, they will work with you to gauge the situation and can help assist with an action plan and loans.

Little To No Distress

The HPD will continue to monitor your building and the violations that it receives. If conditions worsen, they’ll reassess the situation.

Financial Distress

If you do not have the money to care for the property, they might search for another owner to transfer the responsibility to.

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