FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2000
Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076
HPD Assists Manhattan Tenants in Action Against Landlord
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Richard T. Roberts today announced an agreement with owner Ben Nehmadi of Olivia Management Co. LLC to provide heat and hot water and correct outstanding violations in his building. The agreement was reached in response to litigation brought by the agency's Housing Litigation Division (HLD) as a result of tenant complaints. The building is located at 600 W. 161st Street, Manhattan.
As part of the agreement, the owners were required to enter into a Comprehensive Consent Order to correct all pending violations within 90 days; hire a boiler and heating systems specialist to evaluate the heating system and recommend necessary repairs or improvements; comply with the recommendations of the boiler and heating systems specialist; and pay $2,800 in civil penalties to HPD.
"We are putting landlords with a history of heat problems on notice, and providing them with education and assistance to encourage compliance," said Commissioner Roberts. "Those landlords who continue to violate the law will be brought into court."
HLD will continue to monitor Nehmadi's compliance with the settlement agreement through follow-up inspections.
Every year HLD initiates thousands of heat and hot water cases to enforce building owners' obligation to provide 24-hour heat whenever the outdoor temperature warrants it and hot water at all times.
HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs, and enforcement of housing quality standards.