DOB VIOLATIONS

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...

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...