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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2003

Press Contact:
Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176

HPD COMMISSIONER PERINE REMINDS BUILDING OWNERS TO RENEW THEIR BUILDING'S REGISTRATION

Owners of residential buildings with six or more units must register by May 1, 2003

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Jerilyn Perine today issued a reminder to all owners of multiple dwellings to renew their building's registration with HPD's Division of Code Enforcement Property Registration Assistance Unit. Multiple dwellings with six or more units must be registered by May 1, 2003. There is a $13 annual registration fee.

The Property Registration form is available on HPD's web site located at nyc.gov/hpd. Owners with questions on renewals or registering their building for the first time should call (212) 863-7000.

All owners of multiple dwellings are required to renew their building's registration annually under the City's Housing Maintenance Code and the State's Multiple Dwelling Law. When ownership of a property changes, the new owner is required to register the building within five business days. There are financial penalties for failing to comply. Building registration makes it possible for the HPD to reach an owner to inform him/her of serious conditions in his/her building.

Owners of private one- and two-family homes are not required to register their property unless they live outside the City. However, owners of private dwellings may register their buildings with the Property Registration Assistance Unit any time during the year. In cases where the building owner lives outside the City, the building must be managed by a New York City agent and must be registered with the Department's Division of Code Enforcement's Property Registration Assistance Unit.

Owners of buildings with three to five units are required to renew their building's registration by October 1, 2003. HPD will send notices to building owners and managers in early August.

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.




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