Category: Housing Preservation and Development

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 ...

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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 to 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 ...

Emergency Repair Program

If your property has housing-related orders or HPD emergency violations that have not been fixed, the The Emergency Repair Program (ERP) may take the matter into their own hands. They aim to fix pressing matters. To ensure that you are not included in this program, try to fix problems as soon as you are made ...

Vacate Orders

A Vacate Order can be put on a building if conditions within are unsafe. A building can be damaged, or have illegal conditions outside or nearby. Entry into the property will not be permitted while a Vacate Order is in effect. A report can be filed against you if a witness sees you doing so. ...

Which Buildings Must Register with the HPD Every Year

Who this Applies to This process is mandatory owners of the following: Multiple Dwellings (3+ residential units) Private Dwellings (1-2 residential units) IF neither the owner or their family resides there Condos, hotels, and co-ops When Does Registration Occur You must submit a new document: Annually, before September 1st Any time a building has a ...

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 ...

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 ...