DOB VIOLATIONS

Landlord Fined for Converting Two-Family Dwelling to Four-Family

February 21, 2018    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for altering a two-family dwelling to four or more units. The ALJ upheld the violations and fined landlord $47,400. Landlord appealed and lost. Proof presented at the...

New Landlord Cleared Unsafe Property Without Knowledge of Stop-Work Order

February 21, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for unlawfully continuing work while on notice of a stop-work order (SWO) at his building. The SWO was issued in April 2009 for a foundation being erected without a permit....

Violation Issued to Fire Sprinkler Contractor Revoked

January 22, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord's fire sprinkler contractor for violating the plumbing code by failing to perform a special inspection of an alternative engineered design plumbing system. The contractor...

DOB Issued Violation for Boiler That Was Removed Years Earlier

January 22, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to file a boiler inspection report. At a hearing, DOB claimed that the boiler report for boiler no. 66854 hadn't been filed since 2002. Landlord pointed out...

Landlord Fined $11,000 for Replacing Water Tank Without Permit

January 22, 2018    

DOB issued violation notices to landlord for installing a rooftop water tank without a permit, failing to have a new or altered plumbing system tested, and failing to certify correction of these violations. Landlord...

One Attempt by DOB to Personally Deliver Violation Notices Was Sufficient

December 20, 2017    

Landlord filed an Article 78 court appeal of ECB's decision to uphold seven violation notices issued by DOB. Landlord claimed that the violation notices weren't properly delivered. The court ruled against...

Contractor Hired by HPD Replaced Gas Piping Without Permit

December 19, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to a plumbing contractor hired by HPD to replace the existing 1-inch piping that fed the building's boiler, hot water heater, and stoves in two apartments with 3/4 inch piping, in...

Landlord Fined $47,400 for Illegal Apartment and SRO Units

December 19, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for altering a two-family residence to one occupied by five families. DOB's inspector observed the creation of three SRO units on the first floor of the building and one...

Landlord Gets Two Violations, Six Months Apart, for Adding Apartment

December 19, 2017    

DOB issued a violation to landlord for altering a residence for occupancy as a dwelling by more than the legally approved number of families. DOB's inspector noted that landlord converted a two-family dwelling to...

Landlord Fined for Basement Gas Piping Alterations

December 19, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord after finding several future connections on the gas piping in a building's basement. Landlord sought an adjournment at a hearing in order to produce its plumber as a...

Landlord Fined $1,000 for Corroded Boiler Flu Pipe

December 19, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord after its inspector found boiler defects. Landlord didn't dispute that the flue pipe was corroded and needed to be replaced with 16-gauge pipe, welded, and supported. But...

Landlord Fined for Tenant Installation Performed While Stop-Work Order in Effect

November 27, 2017    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for performing work while a stop-work order (SWO) was in effect. DOB's inspector saw workers entering the building with trash bags, and saw a ladder, lumber, electric...

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