New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is responsible for enforcing State and City laws and codes relating to housing quality and safety. For units subsidized with Section 8, HPD is also in charge of ensuring compliance with quality standards. The agency issues Housing Maintenance Code violations, Orders to Correct, and Section 8 Housing Quality Standards failure notices.
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Pursuant to Local Law 117 of 2019, HPD must audit no fewer than 15 percent of all certifications of correction of class C violations filed with the agency and describe the findings of the audits performed in the previous year.
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How do I know if there are open violations or Orders on my property?
Use HPDONLINE to find out information about violations and Orders. Violations have a hazardous class of A, B or C. Orders appear on the violation list with a hazardous class of “I”. Owners and other interested parties can also obtain print-outs of outstanding building violations for a fee by contacting our Borough Service Centers.
I just received a violation. What should I do?
You should correct the condition and then certify, either by mail or by using eCertification, that the violations were corrected within the required time period specified on the Notice of Violation. You can also seek a postponement for the correction of some violations. Review the back of your Notice of Violation, Certification instructions, our Clearing HPD Violations FAQ or call a Borough Service Center for more information. For specific details about certification of lead-based paint violations, see the Lead-Based Paint webpage. For specific details about certification of mold violations, see the Indoor Allergen Hazards webpage.
What could happen if I do not correct a violation or if I do not notify HPD of the correction?
I cannot find the original certification document, I received a Preliminary Notice and wish to certify or I wish to certify some violations now and others at a later time. How can I certify correction?
In response to any of these situations, use the appropriate form provided below to certify correction or you can use eCertification (for non-lead and non-mold violations).
You may also request extra time to correct Lead-Based Paint Violations, or, in the case of a presumed lead-based paint violation (Order #616), you may contest the violation using XRF testing or, in certain cases, paint chip sampling.
I don't understand how to correct the violation that was issued. What can I do?
I am not receiving the Notices of Violations even though I own the building. Why not?
Notices of Violation (NOVs) are mailed to the last validly registered owner’s managing agent. IfYou must submit a new Property Registration in order to change the address to which NOVs are being mailed.
I have violations on my building that are no longer eligible for certification. How can I clear them?
After the certification deadline has passed, building owners may file a Dismissal Request form with their Borough Service Center for a fee or seek a Violation Reissuance, which is a free certification program. You can review more details about your options and how to proceed with clearing old violations, review our Clearing HPD Violations FAQ or call a Borough Service Center for more information.
The clearance of lead-based paint violations has additional requirements. We recommend you visit Lead-Based Paint and HPDONLINE (enter your property address and select the option on the left hand toolbar to review Overdue Lead-based paint violations for specific instructions). One or both of the following affidavits will be required for removing the lead-based paint violations:
Class B and Class C mold violations issued on/after March 1, 2018 also requires an additional affidavit and may require additional documentation. See the Indoor Allergen Hazards webpage for more information.