Landlord Fined $1,250 for Padlocking Gate on Side of Building

LVT Number: #30659

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failure to maintain a building in a safe and code-compliant manner. The notice stated that there was an illegal chain and lock on passageway gates on one side of the building. The padlocked gate closed off the alleyway between landlord's building and the building next door. Landlord argued that the neighboring building contained a store where a group of men often gathered to drink. They used the passageway between the buildings to urinate and defecate, so she locked the gate.

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DOB v. Ganpat: ECB App. No. 1901458 (11/21/19) [3-pg. doc.]