FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 1999
MANHATTAN LANDLORD CONSENTS TO CORRECT HUNDREDS OF VIOLATIONS ON BUILDING AT 508 W. 172 STREET THANKS TO HPD'S HOUSING LITIGATION BUREAU
New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Richard T. Roberts today announced that owner and managing agent Aaron Parnes has consented to correct all housing violations - including providing tenants with heat and hot water this winter season -- in his building in response to litigation brought by the agency's Housing Litigation Bureau. The building located at 508 W. 172 Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan contains a total of 20 units.
According to Commissioner Richard T. Roberts, HPD's Housing Litigation Bureau (HLB) continues to aggressively seek action against non-compliant landlords. HLB was pivotal in settling the tenants' initiated action for an Order to Correct all violations in the building. An HLB initiated comprehensive case against Mr. Parnes was necessitated by the fact that of the 392 violations of record for the property approximately 120 violations were falsely certified as corrected. As a result of this litigation, Mr. Parnes has agreed to settle the false certification civil penalties claim for $6,000 and agreed to correct all violations as well as to comply with heat and hot water requirements.
HLB will monitor Parnes' compliance with the these orders through follow-up inspections. When HLB first initiated its case, the property originally had 450 violations on record.
HPD's Housing Litigation Bureau prosecutes housing code compliance on behalf of the City of New York. HLB's case load includes comprehensive building violations cases, heat and hot water cases, and 7A Proceedings. HLB appears in all actions commenced by tenants against their landlord. In addition, HPD provides technical assistance on violation removal including free Heat and Hot Water Seminars to assist owners in providing heat and hot water to their tenants. If you need more information about upcoming seminars, please call (212) 863-8830.