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Summer 2011

New Multi-Agency Task Force

Even though managing buildings in NYC can be difficult at times staying knowledgeable
and prepared is the best way to stay one step ahead of the curve. Here are some of the
latest regulations affecting New York City property management.

New York City has formed a new task force to combat illegally converted apartments.
This multi-agency task force will now proactively target basement apartments, Illegal
additional r subdivisions and residential apartment in commercial spaces. The city has
developed a “risk-assessment model” to determine what buildings will be targeted using
historical data from past fires in illegally converted apartments. The model evaluates all
illegal conversion and single-room occupancy complaints based on the following four
metrics, which have historically correlated with dangerous fires:
1. Whether the building was constructed before 1938
2. Whether the building is located in a high-risk area form dangerous fires.
3. Whether the property is advertising basement apartments for rent
4. Whether the Department of Buildings has received prior complaints about the property.
Comprised of HPD, DOB and FDNY personnel, the task force has already begun
inspecting apartments that present as “high risk” using the model. Illegal conversions can
yield hefty fines and if the task force deems the apartment ot be a safety hazard, HPD
will issue a vacate order and charge the building owner for the relocation and temporary
housing expenses.

Annual Elevator & Boiler Inspections

Summer is a great time to start thinking about annual inspections coming due in the fall. Annual (CAT I) elevator inspections are due to be inspected by September 15 and filed by September 30. The penalty for not filing annual elevator inspections has been increased to $3,000 per elevator per year. Penalties for not properly conducting annual boiler inspections (due by November 15) has been increased to $1,000 per boiler, per year.

ECB to Adjudicate DOH Violations

ECB will now be taking over adjudicating Department of Health violations. While this step includes violations related to pests, rodents, and harborage conducive to rodents, there are plans for ECB to soon begin handling window guard violations, lead based violations, mosquito violations, smoking violations and nuisance violations uch as mold mildew and even bad odors.

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