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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


March 21, 2002

Press Contacts:
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076


Building Owners/Managers Encouraged to Participate in Interactive, Comprehensive Courses

In a continuing effort to educate residential building owners, property managers and residents on building preservation and maintenance, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today announced the 2002 class schedule for the agency's Housing Education Program (HEP). The comprehensive program offers interactive, hands-on instruction on a range of maintenance, improvement and conservation topics.

"The classes provide an excellent opportunity for property owners to learn how to maintain their buildings more cost-effectively," said Commissioner Perine. "I encourage all property owners to enroll in the classes themselves or send their superintendents."

The 2002 edition of the Housing Education Program includes four core curriculum courses spread over several weeks and taught as seminars, interactive courses and standard classroom sessions. The courses are free, but students must pre-register by calling the Housing Education Program at (212) 863-8830 or completing the course application available on HPD's web site and mailing it to the address listed on the application. Interested parties can request a Course Guide by calling (212) 863-8830.

Among the core curriculum courses being offered are:

  • Course 101: Introduction of Residential Property Management and Building Systems
    Taught as an interactive class through video conferencing from four locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, the next nine-week session will be held from April 18 through June 6. Classes are held Thursday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics in this curriculum include Housing Court, review of Tax Exemption and Loan Programs, and how to improve your heating, plumbing and electric systems. This course is a pre-requisite for Course 201, 202 and 203. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
  • Course 201: Advanced Building Management
    For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this offering is a comprehensive 17-session course that focuses on record keeping, rent control, rent stabilization, leases, housing maintenance codes, Housing Court, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, building security, lead issues, fire safety, pest control, Jiggetts case law, and fair housing. The final session will be held April 15 through June 24. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
  • Course 202: Advanced Building Systems/Physical Plant
    For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this course is designed specifically to address the physical needs of a building. Participants will learn about the structural systems that exist in a building, all aspects of repair (estimating, working with contractors, contracting out emergency repairs), the NYC Housing Maintenance Code, and issues related to pest control, sanitation/recycling, building security and water conservation. Upon completion of this course, all participants will be certified as superintendents in accordance with the NYC Housing Maintenance Code (Section 27-2055). The session will be held April 30 through July 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.
  • Course 203: Building Finance
    For building owners and managers who have successfully completed Course 101, this offering focuses on financial issues such as mortgages, refinancing, cutting maintenance and operating costs, developing and funding repair plans, and increasing the rent roll as cost-effective measures in building management. The next session is April 9 through May 16 at 100 Gold Street, Manhattan. Call (212) 863-8830 for class location.

HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.

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