NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD

Landlord's Twice-Daily Cleanings Not Sufficient to Clear Curbline Trash

February 21, 2022    

The DOS issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to clean within the 18-inch curbline in front of its apartment building. The DOS inspector described bottles, cups, napkins, pieces of paper, tissues, and...

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 Fined $700 for Not Installing Backflow Prevention Device

February 21, 2022    

DEP issued a violation notice to landlord in December 2019 for failing to install a backflow prevention device and/or to submit an initial test report for such installation. At a hearing, landlord claimed that...

Landlord Fined $700 for Not Installing Backflow Prevention Device

January 25, 2022    

DEP issued a violation notice to landlord for failing to install a backflow prevention device (BPD) and/or failing to submit an initial test report for a BPD at its building. At a hearing, landlord advised that the...

Landlord Fined for Not Submitting a Mold Remediation Work Plan

January 25, 2022    

DEP issued two violation notices to landlord based on failure to submit a mold remediation work plan and failure to file a mold post-remediation notice. At a hearing, landlord claimed that DEP's notices were...

Landlord Fined for Rodent Droppings In Front of Building

January 25, 2022    

DOHMH issued a violation notice to landlord based on active rat signs, specifically fresh droppings, found at the front of the building. Landlord claimed the violation was untimely served and asked the ALJ to dismiss...

Tenant Who Violated COVID Quarantine Order Fined $1,000

January 25, 2022    

DOHMH issued a violation notice to tenant for failing to comply with a Commissioner's order of a travel advisory that required quarantine. The Jan. 4, 2021, order required tenant to quarantine until Jan. 26, 2021...

Mitigated Penalty for Missing Sprinkler Certification Due to COVID-Caused Delays

January 25, 2022    

The FDNY issued a violation notice to landlord for failure to conduct a required test or inspection of a residential sprinkler system. The notice required landlord to schedule a performance flow test of the sprinkler...

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...