Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP)

On or about January 31st of each year, HPD designates severely distressed multiple dwellings for participation in the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). Selection criteria include the number of class "B" hazardous and class "C" immediately hazardous housing maintenance code violations and the dollar value of emergency repair charges incurred as a result of the work performed by HPD. Failure to correct the qualifying conditions may result in emergency repair charges, liens, and significant fees.

Owners and managers of buildings selected for AEP are notified and informed on how to be discharged from the program. Tenants are notified via a public posting in their building.

If the owner does not correct the qualifying conditions within the first four months, HPD will issue an AEP Order to Correct that lists the underlying conditions in need of fixing. The AEP Order to Correct is mailed to the owner, posted at the building, and filed with the County Clerk. If the owner fails to comply, HPD may hire a contractor to make the repairs at the owner's expense. An owner's failure to pay the bill may result in a tax lien being placed against the property.

Buildings not discharged within the first four months of the initial notice are subject to fees:

  • $500 per dwelling unit every six months, beginning on the date of the building wide inspection, with a maximum total fee of $1,000 per dwelling unit during participation in AEP.
  • $200 for any complaint inspection performed in the subject property that results in the issuance of a class "B" (hazardous) or "C" (immediately hazardous) violation.
  • $100 for each re-inspection pursuant to a certification of correction of violation(s) submitted to HPD where HPD finds one or more violations have not been corrected.

Failure to pay these fees may result in filing of a tax lien or liens against the property.

Owners of multiple dwellings can avoid participation in AEP by properly maintaining their building, submitting a current and valid property registration to HPD, and clearing HPD violations in a timely fashion. In order to have overdue corrected violations removed from HPD records, you must either request an inspection or request that your overdue violations be reissued in order to certify their correction online.

For more information, please contact the AEP office at (212) 863-8262 or read our AEP FAQs.

List of Buildings Identified (By Fiscal Year):

Alternative Enforcement Program City Council Reports

HPD is required by law to submit and post an annual summary report of all AEP buildings (data as of July 2, 2017), as well as a 5-year, 7-year, and 9-year progress report:

Additional Resources