Proactive Preservation Initiative (PPI)

The Proactive Preservation Initiative is the City's comprehensive approach to identifying and addressing deteriorating physical conditions in multifamily buildings across New York City before they endanger the health and safety of residents and threaten the quality of the surrounding neighborhood. Proactive Preservative uses a network of information sources to preemptively identify at-risk buildings and, through a variety of intervention strategies and programs, provides the tools or incentives to ensure that owners are both accountable and equipped to maintain their buildings in safe condition. HPD evaluates approximately 500 buildings annually through Proactive Preservation.

How it Works:

  • Identify signs of distress in multi-family buildings using city-wide data and community referrals.
  • Survey at-risk buildings and recommend appropriate action based on observed conditions.
  • Share data on distressed properties with regulators, lenders, and owners.

Based on the data and surveys, buildings can follow one of the following key pathways:

Severe Physical Distress HPD's Proactive Enforcement Bureau (PEB) performs roof-to-cellar inspections, issues code violations where necessary, and makes emergency repairs resulting in tax liens on the property. A 45-day inspection confirms whether violations were corrected
Housing Litigation Division pursues court-ordered repairs and civil penalties
Non-Emergency Physical Distress HPD works with owners to assess needs, connects cooperative owners with assistance such as loans, or pursues uncooperative or absent owners with code enforcement
Little To No Distress HPD monitors violation counts on a watch list and resurveys if signs of deterioration emerge
Financial Distress HPD may work with bank and owner to negotiate a transfer of the property into the hands of a responsible developer, with or without HPD loan assistance for repairs