DOB VIOLATIONS

Landlord Fined $47,400 for Illegally Converting Two-Family to Six SRO Units

September 26, 2017    

DOB issued violation notices to landlord for converting a two-family house to six SRO units. Landlord claimed that she hadn't changed the building since buying it in 2014. She claimed that she lived on the first...

Landlord Fined $49,000 for Converting Two-Family House to Four Apartments

September 26, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord based on altering a building to create more than the legally approved number of apartments. Landlord had converted a two-family home to a four-family. A second violation was...

Downstream Future Gas Connections Created Immediate Hazard

September 26, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for future gas connections existing downstream of an appliance. DOB's inspector stated that he saw the future gas connections in the building cellar and that the gas...

Downstream Future Gas Connections Illegal Even if Installed Before 2008

September 26, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for having future gas connections going downstream from an appliance. DOB's inspector testified that such connections were outlawed in 2008 under Fuel Gas Code Section...

DOB Didn't Prove Cellar Alterations Violated Building's C of O

August 28, 2017    

DOB issue a violation notice to landlord for illegal occupancy after its inspector saw partitions erected creating illegal use of rooms for living in the building's cellar, including a bathroom with water closet...

Landlord Promptly Started Eviction Proceedings Against Squatters

August 28, 2017    

DOB issued six violation notices to landlord, in connection with illegal building alterations contrary to the building's Certificate of Occupancy. DOB's inspector found that, among other things, landlord had...

Laundry Room Repair Work Didn't Require Building Permit

July 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for installing a new exhaust system and metal ducts at the cellar floor laundry room without a permit, and for relocating the exhaust outlet to a new location in the building...

DOB Improperly Delivered Violation Notice

July 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for installing a gas shut-off valve without a plumbing permit. Landlord claimed that the violation notice was improperly delivered. The ALJ ruled against landlord and fined...

DOB Provided No Proof of Claimed Transient Use at Building

July 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for illegally converting an apartment building to transient use, as well as related egress and fire alarm system violations. The ALJ ruled for DOB and fined landlord $5,400....

Landlord Fined $47,400 for Illegal Building Alterations

July 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for altering a building for occupancy by more than the legally approved number of families. Landlord claimed that it received insufficient notice that daily penalties would...

New Landlord Responsible for Violation Caused by Prior Owner

June 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to test a new or altered plumbing system. DOB's inspector noted that he saw new gas piping in the building's cellar with gas being supplied and in use but...

Landlord Responsible for Tenant's Illegal Conversion of One-Family Dwelling

June 26, 2017    

DOB issued violation notices, including a vacate order, to landlord for illegally altering a single-family dwelling into four SRO units. At a hearing, DOB's investigator testified that the SRO rooms were locked,...

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