Category: Housing Preservation and Development

How Many Smoke Detectors Do Your Tenants Need?

Smoke detectors greatly reduce the risk of dying in a fire, which is why New York City requires them to be installed in all dwellings. Similar rules also apply to carbon monoxide detectors. All Multiple Dwellings There needs to be at least one device per unit. Replace smoke detectors according to the manufacturer's recommendation on ...

Where to Post Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Notices

Multiple dwellings need to have signs posted regarding smoke detector and carbon monoxide (CO2) alarms. Legibility The text on the notice needs to be at least 3/16ths of an inch tall. The font choice needs to be bold, easily readable, and of contrasting colors. Where to Post the Notice Post your notices in a common ...

De-registering a Building with the HPD

If your building is now a single-family home, you'll need to remove it from the HPD records. Buildings with tenants are required to register annually with the department. If you are in their records and do not complete an annual registration, there is a fine associated. You will need to complete a form letting the ...

HPD Certificate of Corrections

Do HPD Violations Require a Certificate of Correction?

If you’ve received an HPD Violation, you’ll need to certify that the changes have been made within the legally required timeframe. You can certify either by mail or online. By Mail You’ll need to print out a document to fill out. Which form you use depends on if the violation is heat-related or not. 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 their apartment number for a more specific problem. 311 will then alert the HPD about the issue. If the issue isn't fixed, an inspector ...

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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 ...

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Litigation

The HPD's Housing Litigation Division (HLD) is in place to enforce housing codes. You are subject to them if there are too many violations, and/or tenants try to seek legal help against you. Try to ensure that problems are fixed as soon as they arise to avoid something like this. Litigation is in place to ...

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Limited Alterations

A Limited Alteration Application (LAA) can be utilized to perform the following work: Plumbing Fire Suppression piping replacement and repairs Oil burner installation These repairs shouldn’t need construction work, or a Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Registered Architect (R.A.). This category of work is meant to cover a more minor scope. There are also limits to ...