As the winter sets in and we look towards the end of the calendar year, there are some updates and new regulations that are important for you to be aware of.

Department of Buildings (DOB)
Work without a permit civil penalties – effective December 28th 2017 the work without permit civil penalties will be increasing:

  • buildings that are 3 residential units or larger, or commercial buildings will increase from 14 times the filing fee for the job filed for correction, with a minimum of $5,000 to 21 times the filing fee, with a minimum of $6,000.
  • buildings that are one or two family homes will increase from 4 times the filing fee, with a minimum of $500 to 6 times the filing fee, with a minimum of $600.

Benchmark Law (LL133/2016) – The Benchmarking law that went into effect in 2009 has been revised. Previously, any building of 50,000 square feet or greater was required to follow this law. Now, any building that is 25,000 square feet or greater is required to follow the law. Additionally, the penalties/violations are now issued on a quarterly basis.

Energy Efficiency Reports are required for buildings greater than 50,000 square feet or a tax lot with 2 or more buildings exceeding 100,000 square feet. Penalties are high – $3,000 or higher.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Bedbug regulations – there are new bedbug regulations which took effect November 6, 2017. These new regulations include reporting requirements that are due by December 2018. Additionally, landlords will be required to provide copies of the report to each tenant upon lease renewal or post it in a prominent area of the building.

Vacate orders – All vacate orders must remain posted on the entrance door for the vacated unit. The area affected by the vacate order must remain vacant until the vacate order is lifted by HPD. If the area affected by the vacate order is reoccupied before the order is lifted, the owner will be subject to a $5,000 penalty for each reoccupied unit as per Article 7-27-2142 of the NYC Administrative Code.

Heating requirements – New heating requirements effective October 1st through May 31st require that during the day (6am to 10PM) the building must be heated to 68ᵒ, if the temperature outside is below 55ᵒ and during the night (10pm to 6am) the building must be heated to 62ᵒ regardless of the outdoor temperature.

Please feel free to contact our office should you have any questions on the above regulations or any other NYC laws.