Window Guards

Window guards are put in place to save lives. Children are curious and exploratory, and every year, there are injuries and fatalities caused by unguarded windows. Local Law 57 of 2011 states that guards must be present in units where children under 10 reside.  A resident in any multiple dwelling building has the right to ...

Annual Safety Notice

Annual Safety Notices must be sent out to tenants in all buildings with three or more apartments. The notices constitute information on: Lead Paint Window Guards Fire Safety Plans Forms must be delivered between January 1st and January 16th every year. They should not be delivered any earlier or later than these dates. They can ...

Inspections Required for Elevators and Escalators

There are approximately 71,000 vertical transport devices throughout the five boroughs. This can include elevators, freight elevators, escalators, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters. These devices must be inspected in order to ensure they are safe enough for use. Contracted inspection agencies perform annual inspections, on behalf of the Department of Buildings (DOB). There are three different ...

The Importance of Cooling Tower Upkeep

Cooling towers feature a fan on top, air vents on the side, and piping entering near the top and exiting the bottom. There are city requirements from the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DOHMH), as well as state requirements from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on how they must be handled and ...

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 of 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 ...

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