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 ...

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 historic 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 ...

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