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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 bedrooms in the unit Your contact details Whether the unit is occupied or not Whether ...

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 ...

Is Your Building Required to have a Backflow Prevention Device?

Backflow is when the water in a plumbing system flows in the incorrect direction. This is unsafe, due to water that has already been contaminated interacting with water that is meant to be clean. Prevention devices don’t allow the water that has already flowed through to go back the wrong Way. Where are backflow devices ...

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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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