Stove Knob Covers Must be Provided to Tenants

Stove knob covers must now be provided to tenants who have young children when there is a gas-powered stove in the unit. Once a cover has been placed over a knob, it must be removed in order to switch on the gas. Who Should Receive These Knobs Tenants that have children six years old or ...

New Regulations on Home Rental Services

The City Council passed a new law that requires home sharing organizations to disclose the information of those who have listings on their services. The decision was unanimous (45-0). Airbnb is the most well known kind of home rental service. Under this new proposed law, the names and addresses of every listing will have to ...

How to Alter Zoning

An area's zoning is not set in stone. If the work you want to do on your property does not correspond with the current zoning restrictions, it is possible for the zoning to be altered. It is however, a lengthy process. Residential zones in part helps upkeep the character and the quality of life of ...

Self-Closing Doors in Residential Buildings

Local Law 111 of 2018 By July 31 2021, there will be additional requirements regarding self-closing doors in residential buildings. In R-1 and R-2 occupancy buildings, doors to interior hallways and stairs need to be self-closing, or have a device that ensures it will close. In addition, it is now necessary to keep these self ...

Wind Turbines

Wind turbines convert the power of the wind into electricity. They are a sustainable source of energy that doesn’t utilize greenhouse gases. If you have a small wind turbine located at the top of your building, there are regulations you must follow to ensure that you can keep the device in commission. Installing small wind ...

How to Obtain a Certificate of Fitness

Jobs that are unsafe to do without proper knowledge and experience require a Certificate of Fitness (COF) to perform. There are dozens of kinds of certificates, ranging from sprinkler systems to places of assembly. The full list of all available exams can be found here.  It is important to check the requirements online to make sure ...

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How to Cure a Violation

If you have received a DOB Class 2 or 3 violation for the first time, you may be able to put things right without paying a penalty. Violations are rated by how pressing the matter is, with a Class 1 being the most dangerous. A list of violations and what class they fall under can ...

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