DOB VIOLATIONS

Landlord Fined $2,400 for False Statement on Alteration Application

August 23, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to a building's commercial storefront tenant for making a false statement on a premises alteration application. Tenant checked a box indicating that there was no occupied housing for...

Violation Issued for Installation of Laundry Room Dismissed

August 23, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for creating and operating a laundry room with four washers and four dryers in a cellar gas meter room. Landlord argued that the laundry room was an allowable accessory use...

Landlord Fined $6,000 for Adding Illegal Cellar Apartments

July 24, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for creating two illegal Class A apartments in the cellar of a house without a permit. Landlord claimed that the violation notice wasn't properly served. She had to...

Landlord Fined $1,200 for Illegal Alteration of One-Family Dwelling

July 24, 2018    

DOB issued violation notices to landlord for altering a a one-family dwelling into a three-family and for performing work without a permit. Landlord claimed that the conditions preexisted his ownership of the...

Construction Super Fined for Leaving Site Unsupervised

June 24, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to a building's construction super because he and his logbook weren't on site when unsafe excavation work was performed. This caused a section of the building's foundation...

Landlord Responsible for Defective Electrical Condition in Sidewalk Shed

June 24, 2018    

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to ground electrical conductive materials in a fully operational sidewalk shed outside a residential building. DOB found that this created a severe hazard to...

Landlord Fined $46,000 for Tenant's Short-Term Rental of Apartment

May 20, 2018    

DOB issued violations notices to landlord for use of a Class "A" multiple dwelling for other than permanent residential use. Landlord argued that apartment tenant created the violation, that landlord didn...

New Landlord Fined $2,600 for Not Getting Boiler Gas Line Tested or Certified

April 22, 2018    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for failing to test and inspect a new or altered gas line attached to a boiler, and for not having a DOB-certified gas line inspected and authorized for use in the...

Landlord Fined $5,000 for Unlawful Short-Term Rental of Apartment

April 22, 2018    

DOB issued four violation notices to landlord based on transient use of a building apartment. DOB's inspector testified that he saw six people exiting the basement/first-floor duplex door to the unit. Some had...

Landlord Fined for Doing Plumbing and Electrical Work Without Permit

April 22, 2018    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord, citing work without a permit in a building apartment. At a hearing, DOB's inspector testified and presented photographs showing that plumbing work, including new...

Landlord Fined $50,600 for Transient Rentals

March 12, 2018    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord based on findings that four rooms at a mixed Class "A"/SRO unit building had been converted and occupied for transient use. DOB also found that on the second...

No Gas Meter Violation Where Landlord Had Permit to Install Laundry Room

March 12, 2018    

DOB issued two violation notices to landlord for failing to keep a gas meter room free of storage items and failure to maintain a building in a safe and code-compliant condition. DOB's inspector had seen washers...