DOB VIOLATIONS

Landlord Fined $2,500 for Tenant's Conversion of Apartment into SRO Units

August 25, 2022    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord after its inspector found occupancy in a manner contrary to that allowed by DOB records. DOB's inspector had found that a fifth-floor apartment was created and occupied...

Landlord Fined for Not Obtaining Certificate of Correction for Work Done Without a Permit

August 25, 2022    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to correct a prior violation and file a certificate of correction in connection with work done in the building's cellar without a permit. At a hearing,...

Landlord Fined $2,500 for Not Removing Padlock on Gate

August 25, 2022    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for failing to comply with a DOB order. The underlying violations were for having a padlocked gate on a fence that obstructed a passageway to the street, and for failing...

Landlord Fined $90,000 in Per Diem Penalties for Adding Two Illegal Apartments

July 24, 2022    

DOB issued a number of violation notices to landlord for altering a 55-apartment building without approval to add three additional basement apartments. One of these was an SRO unit. Landlord admitted that the work...

Landlord Fined $1,250 for Hazardous Elevator Violation

July 22, 2022    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain its elevator in a code-compliant manner. DOB's inspector found the only elevator in the five-story apartment building to be out of service. This...

Landlord Fined $1,250 by DOB for Out-of-Service Elevator

June 27, 2022    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain its building elevator in a code-compliant manner. DOB's inspector found the elevator to be out of service at the time of inspection, creating a...

Landlord Proves Basement Wasn't Used for Sleeping Quarters

February 21, 2022    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord based on occupancy in a manner contrary to what was allowed by DOB records, and failure to comply with a DOB order. DOB claimed the building was a one-family dwelling and...

Landlord Fined Over $54,000 for Converting One Apartment to Six SROs

February 21, 2022    

DOB issued notices concerning nine violations to landlord, based on converting a residence for occupancy for more than the legally approved number of families, failing to maintain the building in a code-compliant...

Landlord Fined $2,500 for Illegally Occupied Basement Apartment

February 21, 2022    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for performing work without a permit. At a hearing, it was undisputed that there was a tenant living in an illegal basement apartment. But landlord claimed that tenant was...

Landlord Didn't Maintain Walls Safely and Didn't Prove It Couldn't Stop Harmful Work Next Door

November 22, 2021    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain building walls or appurtenances. DOB stated there was a dangerous condition by virtue of wide shifting cracks and spalling bricks. Landlord argued...

Landlord Fined $64,000 for Unlawful Conversion of One-Family Home to SRO Units

November 22, 2021    

DOB issued eight violation notices to landlord for unlawfully converting a one-family dwelling into a dwelling for nine families. DOB sought per-day penalties for the violations. The notices described various rooms...

DOB Made Sufficient Effort to Serve Violation Notice Personally

November 22, 2021    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain an elevator in safe condition. DOB's inspector found the elevator to be inoperative, and identified the finding as a recurring condition. At a...