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Housing Preservation and Development

About NYC Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD)

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the city agency responsible for developing and preserving affordable housing in the city. Established in 1978 through the consolidation of various housing-related agencies, HPD has evolved into a multifaceted organization dedicated to addressing the complex challenges of urban housing and community development. With a broad mandate encompassing housing preservation, affordable housing production, code enforcement, tenant protection, and neighborhood revitalization, HPD works collaboratively with government partners, non-profit organizations, developers, landlords, tenants, and community stakeholders to achieve its mission of creating a more equitable and livable city for all New Yorkers.

Some of the key functions of the HPD include:

  • Developing and preserving affordable housing: The HPD is responsible for creating and preserving affordable housing units in the city through programs such as the Affordable Housing Program, the Mitchell-Lama Program, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

  • Enforcing housing codes and regulations: The HPD is responsible for enforcing the city’s housing codes and regulations to ensure that buildings are safe and habitable.

  • Providing rental assistance: The HPD offers rental assistance programs to help low-income New Yorkers pay for their housing, including the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8) and the CityFHEPS program.

  • Supporting homeownership: The HPD offers programs to help New Yorkers become homeowners, including the HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program and the Affordable Homeownership Development Program.

  • Engaging with community stakeholders: The HPD works closely with community stakeholders, including tenant associations, landlords, and non-profit organizations, to address affordable housing issues in the city.

The HPD plays a crucial role in addressing the affordable housing crisis in New York City, and its programs and initiatives have helped to create and preserve thousands of affordable housing units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Here are some facts about the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):

  • The HPD was established in 1978 by Mayor Ed Koch to address the city’s affordable housing crisis.

  • The agency is responsible for over 200,000 affordable housing units in New York City.

  • The HPD administers several affordable housing programs, including the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8), the Mitchell-Lama Program, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

  • In addition to developing and preserving affordable housing, the HPD also enforces the city’s housing codes and regulations to ensure that buildings are safe and habitable.

  • The HPD provides rental assistance to over 40,000 households in New York City each year.

  • The agency also offers programs to help New Yorkers become homeowners, including the HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program and the Affordable Homeownership Development Program.

  • The HPD works closely with community stakeholders, including tenant associations, landlords, and non-profit organizations, to address affordable housing issues in the city.

  • The HPD has a staff of over 1,200 employees and an annual budget of over $2 billion.

  • The agency’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2020 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award from the Urban Land Institute.

  • The HPD is committed to advancing equity and promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work.

NYC HPD Housing Maintenance Code

The New York City Housing Maintenance Code is a set of regulations established by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to ensure that residential buildings in the city are safe, habitable, and well-maintained. The code sets out specific requirements for landlords, property owners, and tenants related to building maintenance and repair, including:

  • Safety and security: Landlords are required to provide working locks on all doors and windows, and to maintain fire safety systems such as smoke detectors and sprinklers.

  • Heating and hot water: Landlords must provide adequate heat and hot water to tenants, with minimum temperature requirements set for different times of day and different parts of the building.

  • Plumbing and sanitation: Landlords must provide working plumbing and sanitary facilities, including toilets, sinks, and showers or baths.

  • Electrical systems: Landlords must ensure that electrical systems are safe and in good working order, and that all electrical outlets and fixtures are properly installed and maintained.

  • Pest control: Landlords must take reasonable steps to eliminate pests such as rodents, insects, and bed bugs.

  • Building maintenance: Landlords must keep buildings in good repair, including maintaining the roof, exterior walls, and common areas.

Tenants are also responsible for maintaining their units in a safe and sanitary condition, and for reporting any maintenance or repair issues to their landlords in a timely manner.

The HPD is responsible for enforcing the Housing Maintenance Code, and can take enforcement actions against landlords who fail to comply with the code’s requirements. This can include fines, penalties, and orders to make necessary repairs or improvements to the building.

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NYC HPD Violations

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is responsible for enforcing the city’s housing codes and regulations to ensure that buildings are safe and habitable. When violations are identified, the HPD may issue a violation notice and work with building owners to address the issue.

Some common types of HPD violations include:

  1. Failure to provide heat or hot water: Building owners are required to provide tenants with heat and hot water during the winter months. Failure to do so can result in a violation.

  2. Pest infestation: Building owners are responsible for maintaining a pest-free environment. If pests such as rodents or insects are present, a violation may be issued.

  3. Building code violations: The HPD enforces the New York City Building Code and may issue violations for issues such as unsafe conditions, structural damage, or fire hazards.

  4. Lead paint hazards: If lead paint is present in a building and is not properly maintained, it can pose a health hazard to tenants, especially children. The HPD may issue a violation for failure to properly address lead paint hazards.

  5. Overcrowding: Building owners are required to comply with occupancy limits and zoning regulations. Overcrowding can pose a safety hazard and may result in a violation.

When a violation is issued, the building owner is typically given a certain amount of time to correct the issue. If the violation is not corrected, fines may be imposed and legal action may be taken by the HPD.

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NYC HPD Property Registration

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) requires property owners to register their residential buildings on an annual basis. This registration process is designed to ensure that the city has accurate and up-to-date information about residential buildings in the city and to help the HPD enforce housing codes and regulations.

Here are some key points about HPD property registration:

  • The registration period is typically from mid-August to mid-September each year.

  • Property owners can register their buildings online using the HPD’s Property Registration Online System (PROS).

  • The registration fee is $13 per unit for buildings with six or more units and $5 per unit for buildings with one to five units.

  • Failure to register a property can result in fines and legal action by the HPD.

  • In addition to registering their buildings, property owners are required to update their registration information within 30 days of any changes, such as a change in ownership or the addition of new units.

  • The HPD uses the registration information to identify potentially hazardous buildings, enforce housing codes and regulations, and provide resources and assistance to property owners.

  • Property owners who fail to comply with HPD property registration requirements may be subject to legal action and may be ineligible for certain programs and benefits offered by the agency.

Overall, HPD property registration is an important process that helps ensure the safety and habitability of residential buildings in New York City.

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NYC HPD Civil Penalties

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) may impose civil penalties on property owners who violate housing codes and regulations. These penalties are intended to encourage compliance with the law and deter future violations. Here are some key points about HPD civil penalties:

  • The amount of the penalty depends on the severity of the violation and the number of violations that have occurred.

  • Penalties can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars per violation.

  • In some cases, the HPD may issue multiple penalties for a single violation if it is not promptly addressed.

  • Property owners have the right to contest the penalty and request a hearing to dispute the violation.

  • If a penalty is not paid, the HPD may take legal action to collect the amount owed, which can include placing a lien on the property.

  • The HPD may also withhold certificates of occupancy and other permits until the penalty is paid.

  • The HPD may refer cases of non-payment to the New York City Department of Finance, which has the authority to collect the penalty through various means, such as wage garnishment and tax refund interception.

Overall, HPD civil penalties are an important tool for enforcing housing codes and regulations and ensuring that buildings in New York City are safe and habitable for residents. Property owners who receive a penalty should take prompt action to address the violation and resolve the issue to avoid additional penalties and legal action.

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NYC HPD Fines Reduction

In some cases, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) may consider reducing fines or penalties for housing code violations. However, the reduction of fines is not automatic and requires a formal request to the HPD. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Property owners who receive a fine or penalty for a housing code violation have the right to contest the violation and request a hearing.

  • At the hearing, the owner can present evidence and arguments to support their case and challenge the penalty.

  • If the HPD determines that the violation occurred, they may still consider a reduction in the penalty based on factors such as the severity of the violation, the owner’s history of compliance, and any mitigating circumstances.

  • Property owners can also request a reduction in the penalty outside of the formal hearing process by submitting a written request to the HPD.

  • The HPD will consider the owner’s request and may schedule a meeting to discuss the case and potential options for reducing the penalty.

  • It is important for property owners to demonstrate their willingness to address the violation and take steps to come into compliance with housing codes and regulations.

Overall, while the reduction of fines is not automatic, property owners who receive a penalty for a housing code violation may be able to seek a reduction through a formal hearing or by submitting a written request to the HPD. It is important to take prompt action to address the violation and demonstrate a commitment to compliance in order to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

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NYC HPD Multiple Dwelling Permit

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) issues multiple dwelling permits for construction or renovation work on residential buildings with three or more units. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • A multiple dwelling permit is required for new construction, alterations, or renovations of residential buildings with three or more units.

  • The permit application process involves submitting detailed plans and specifications for the proposed work, along with supporting documents such as zoning diagrams, environmental impact statements, and fire safety plans.

  • The DOB reviews the application to ensure that the proposed work complies with all applicable building codes, zoning regulations, and other requirements.

  • Once the application is approved, the DOB issues a permit authorizing the construction or renovation work to begin.

  • The permit holder is responsible for ensuring that the work is carried out in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, and must arrange for inspections by the DOB at various stages of the construction process.

  • Failure to obtain the required permits can result in fines, penalties, and enforcement actions by the DOB.

Overall, if you are planning to construct or renovate a multiple dwelling in New York City, it is important to understand the permit application process and ensure that you obtain all necessary approvals from the DOB. Working with an experienced architect or contractor can help you navigate the process and ensure that your project is in compliance with all applicable regulations.

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Housing Preservation and Development

 

Housing Preservation and Development (NYC HPD) is responsible for financing, developing and maintaining affordable housing within the City. The HPD has over 5000 buildings containing over 100,000 units in its asset management portfolio. The HPD is currently spearheading Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan to create or preserve 300,000 affordable housing units for the people of New York City.

If your property is having issues with HPD and you don’t know what to do, contact us and we can guide you through the problems and how to resolve that.

We assist property owners in resolving HPD violations, reducing fines, civil penalties and registering properties with HPD.

Our company SLK GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, Inc is licensed and insured to repair the building’s defect conditions to comply with HPD rules and regulations in order to resolve HPD violations.

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Property Owners of residential buildings are required by law to register annually with HPD if the property is a multiple dwelling (3+ residential units) or a private dwelling (1-2 residential units) where neither the owner nor the owner’s immediate family resides. Buildings without valid property registration are subject to civil penalties of $250.00-$500.00 and may be issued violations and the building will be ineligible to certify violations, request a Code Violation Dismissal, or initiate a court action to recover possession of the premises for nonpayment of rent.

Property Owners seeking to do renovations on Multiple Dwelling Buildings require permits from the Department of Buildings AND are subject to compliance with NYS Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) and Housing Maintenance Codes (HMC). The following excerpt is from NYS Multiple Dwelling Law Article 1 Section 2:

It is hereby declared that intensive occupation of multiple
dwelling sites, overcrowding of multiple dwelling rooms,
inadequate provision for light and air, and insufficient
protection against the defective provision for escape from fire,
and improper sanitation of multiple dwellings in certain areas of
the state are a menace to the health, safety, morals, welfare,
and reasonable comfort of the citizens of the state; and that the
establishment and maintenance of proper housing standards
requiring sufficient light, air, sanitation and protection from
fire hazards are essential to the public welfare. Therefore the
provisions hereinafter prescribed are enacted and their necessity
in the public interest is hereby declared as a matter of
legislative determination.

For Developers, HPD offers a combination of loan programs, tax incentives, disposition of City-owned land, tax credits, and other development incentives to achieve the City’s affordable housing goals.

HPD enforces the rules and regulations of the Multiple Dwelling Law and Housing Maintenance Code. HPD can hire other contractors to perform emergency repair work for buildings that the owner neglects to repair their buildings and resolve issued violations, this may result in fines and prohibitive contractor’s costs up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. HPD also files a lien on properties with high outstanding debts.

For more information, visit New York City Housing Preservation and Development 

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