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 ...

ECB Hearing status

  If you must attend an ECB hearing, it is important to understand the terminology used. Here are some noteworthy terms that may be used: Appeal: If either you or the opposing agency does not agree with the outcome of the hearing, you may appeal via writing to keep the case open and argue your ...

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Work Without a Permit Violation

If work requires a permit, it is in your best interest to obtain one. You may be fined if you perform work without a permit (WWP). Civil Penalties One or two family dwellings get penalized at a lower rate than buildings with more units. However, the penalty is still much higher than it would have ...

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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 ...

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