HPD Bed Bug Inspections

Buildings need to be kept nonhazardous and safe for their tenants. Bed bugs end up being a threat to the health and comfort of tenants. These pests don’t spread disease, but do create itchy marks on most people who are bitten by them. In the event of an infestation, it is not impossible to rid ...

Boiler Compliance

Tune-Ups The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s annual Efficiency Testing and Tune-Ups are often mistakenly mixed up with annual inspections, which are a separate process. Boilers over 350,000BTU must be tuned up by a professional engineer. Tune-Ups and testing must be performed every year. Each device must have a Certificate of Operation. The results must ...

Bringing Bikes into Buildings

The Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to decrease motor vehicles on the road and increase the amount bicycles. December 11, 2017 marks eight years of the Bikes in Building Program. This legislation gives leaseholding tenants a formal way to request secure bicycle storage from building owners. building owners need to sign off on requests for ...

Tenant Harassers Denied Permits due to this New Law

Landlords won’t be able to obtain permits for major building work anymore if they are known to harass tenants. Last Thursday, November 31, legislation passed requiring certain buildings in NYC to apply for a Certification of No Harassment (CONH) in order to be demolished or altered. A three-year pilot program has been initiated in 11 ...

How to Properly Alter and Repair Historic Buildings

The demolition of the original Penn Station, which started in 1963, sparked widespread dialogue about building preservation. Public outcry from the destruction of this structure helped fuel the 1965 Landmarks Law. This created the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Stand-alone landmarks and historical districts are designated to preserve areas of distinct character, significance, and “sense ...

Properly Preparing for your OATH Hearing

The Hearing If you've received a summons from a city agency, you are able to plead your case at an with OATH (the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings). OATH functions as New York City's central independent administrative law court, and is not affiliated with the state court. Summons are filed with oath for many ...

Do You Know How to Use DOB Now’s Upcoming Features?

DOB Now DOB Now allows users to perform a multitude of tasks online, including submit applications,check an application's status, make payments, schedule appointments, and pull permits. Its features are being rolled out over time, with more to come in the future. It makes eFiling easier, quicker, and paper-free. Here are when new features are being ...

Illegal Conversions

Zoning Every building in New York City is located within a designated zone, due to the 1961 Zoning Resolution. Primarily, buildings can have residential, commercial, or manufacturing purposes. Zoning can protect a neighborhood’s unique character, or prevent clashing developments from emerging. They also are in place to prevent an oversaturation of people in an area ...

Get More Square Footage by Giving Space to the Public

Commonly referred to as “POPS,” Privately Owned Public Spaces exist in high-density areas where there is limited access to public parks. Plazas can be used as a pathway to pass through quickly, a place to gather with friends, or somewhere to rest for a passerby. Combined together, all of the New York City’s POPS take ...

Are You Keeping Track of Your Façade Filing Period?

Façade Inspections Building exteriors deteriorate over time, due to factors such as weather conditions and pollution. When there are unsafe conditions on the outside, sidewalk pedestrians and occupants who utilize balconies and roof space are at risk. The Façade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP) ensures that these exteriors are regularly inspected for safety. Is your ...

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