NYC under the auspices of The Office of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) enrolled 250 buildings with roughly 4,000 apartments to its Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). This is the 11th year of the program where 250 buildings are placed every year for the additional scrutiny of HPD. The buildings that are have been chosen are listed here and they house 3,970 families and have 26,301 housing code violations. Under AEP, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) identifies the most distressed buildings in need of repair and systems replacement, and monitors the progress of owners towards correcting Housing Maintenance Code violations or corrects the violations itself. An official for the city also said that the program subjects the owners to fees and tougher inspections if they don’t make legally mandated repairs.
Some of the violations that have been levied against the owners are based on the presence lead-based paint, lack of heat or hot water, rodent infestations, inadequate fire exits and no electricity or gas. The violations can be fixed by the landlord or can be repaired by the city and the landlord would have to reimburse for the repairs. According to officials the landlords already owe more than $1.5 million for repairs already made by the City.
The breakdown of the 250 buildings put into the program this year are as follows:
- Manhattan: 47 buildings/ 940 units
- The Bronx: 57 buildings/ 1,169 units
- Brooklyn: 127 buildings/ 1,435 units
- Queens: 18 buildings/ 370 units
- Staten Island: 1 building/ 56 units
Mayor deBlasio said about the AEP buildings in a statement “This kind of willful negligence puts tenants in danger. It is immoral and illegal and we will use every tool we have to go after property owners and make these buildings safe for New York families.”
Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer stated
“HPD is working on all fronts to make sure that landlords live up to their obligations to provide tenants with the safe, quality housing that they rightfully deserve. The Alternative Enforcement Program is a powerful tool to take negligent owners to task and address systemic conditions in buildings. I want to thank the hardworking team in HPD’s Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services, as well as the many elected officials and community groups who partner with us to protect our city’s tenants.”
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