DOB VIOLATIONS

Landlord Fined $398,550 for Illegal Alteration of Three-Family House to SRO Units

May 26, 2020    

DOB issued a number of violation notices to landlord based on illegal alteration of a three-family house into SRO units with key-locking devices on a number of floors and in the cellar. An additional Class A...

Landlord Fined for Pre-existing Conversion of Two-Family to Three-Family Dwelling

May 26, 2020    

DOB issued violation notices to landlord for illegally converting a two-family residence to a three-family, in violation of the building's 1974 certificate of occupancy (C of O). The DOB inspector stated that a...

Landlord Fined $500 for Long-Standing Unauthorized Curb Cut

May 26, 2020    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain a building in a code-compliant manner. DOB's inspector found there was a curb cut in front of the building with no permit on file. Landlord argued...

Landlord Didn't Certify Correction of 10-Year-Old DOB Vacate Order

May 26, 2020    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for failure to comply with a prior order and to file a certificate of correction. In 2009, the DOB had issued a vacate order for the apartment after a fire. But recently...

Tenants Must Vacate Unsafe Building Due to COVID-19 Concerns

April 28, 2020    

Landlord, through its architect, notified DOB after inspection in January 2020 that its building had certain structural conditions that posed a danger to the building and to the safety of two tenants. DOB confirmed...

Landlord Can't Avoid $87,000 Fine for Tenant's Short-Term Rentals

March 24, 2020    

Landlord sued DOB, seeking removal of fines, penalties, and violations issued by DOB since December 2017 based on illegal short-term apartment rentals. Landlord had been fined a total of $87,000 since that time....

Crack in Stucco Over Brick Wall Wasn't Immediately Hazardous Violation

March 23, 2020    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for failure to maintain building walls or appurtenances. DOB designated the 30-foot vertical crack from the first floor to the roof parapet as a Class I violation. DOB...

Landlord Fined $6,250 for Adding Illegal Apartment

March 23, 2020    

DOB issued three violation notices to landlord for: (a) failure to maintain a building in a safe and compliant manner; (b) alteration of a residence as a dwelling for more than the legally approved number of families...

Transient Occupancy Without C of O Was Immediately Hazardous Violation

March 23, 2020    

DOB issued three violation notices to landlord for: (a) occupancy in a manner contrary to that allowed by DOB records; (b) failure to install a fire alarm system; and (c) failure to maintain a building in a safe and...

Landlord Fined $26,000 for Not Having Proper Fire Alarm System

February 25, 2020    

DOB issued five violation notices to landlord based on failure to install a code-compliant fire alarm system in an apartment building used for transient occupancy. DOB also sought aggravated penalties because this...

Dust During Renovations Created Lead Paint Hazard

February 25, 2020    

DOB issued  a violation notice to landlord for failing to provide reasonable protections for occupants against hazard and nuisance during building demolition or construction activity. The violation stated that,...

Tenant Shows Airbnb Rental Was for More Than 30 Days

February 25, 2020    

DOB issued five violation notices to landlord based on transient use of an apartment building. These included violations for: (a) per-day penalties for transient use; (b) failure to maintain the building in a safe...