DOB VIOLATIONS

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...

Individual Who Still Got Property Tax Bills Was Properly Named Owner in Violation Notice

November 22, 2021    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord, for failing to comply with the governor's executive orders and stopping all work and for work without a permit. Despite a halt on work during part of 2020, DOB's...

Landlord Didn't Correct Condition Until After Initial Hearing Date

November 22, 2021    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for performing work without a permit. DOB's inspector stated that a garage door was removed and replaced with concrete and bricks, and two residential windows were...

Contractor Fined $5,000 for Not Conspicuously Posting Post-COVID Safety Plan

August 25, 2021    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord's contractor for performing nonessential construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic in violation of the NYC Mayor's Emergency Executive Order (EEO) 120 and...

Landlord Fined $1,600 for Rooftop HVAC Work Performed Without a Permit

August 25, 2021     Landlord Fined $1,600 For Rooftop HVAC Electrical Work Performed Without A Permit

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for performing electrical work without a permit. DOB's inspector observed HVAC units installed on the building's roof, as well as outlets, switches, fixtures, and...

Landlord Fined $6,250 for Violations Due to Illegal Transient Use of Apartment

August 25, 2021    

DOB issued three violation notices to landlord for failing to maintain a building in a code-compliant manner and failing to provide a fire alarm system. DOB's inspector said that he observed illegal transient use...

Landlord Doesn't Prove Awning Collapse Caused Entirely by Weight of Snow

August 25, 2021    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to maintain an exterior building wall after DOB's inspector found that, at the front of the building, a metal awning frame had dislodged with veneer bricks...