Prior Violation for Pre-Existing Deck and Canopy Were Dismissed

LVT Number: #24863

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for installing a wood deck behind its building, along with an overhead wooden canopy. Landlord claimed that a prior violation for the same item had been dismissed and that the condition existed when he bought the building. The ALJ ruled against landlord and fined it $800. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord had received a prior violation for the same conditions and demonstrated with deeds and notarized letters from a tenant and neighbor that the deck and canopy were there when it bought the building.

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