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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Press Release # 04-06
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Amanda Pitman (212) 863-6166


HPD's Website Introduces Online Registration Assistance

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has launched a new website feature to make property registration for residential building owners much simpler and easier.  Through HPD's website at building owners can now fill out their annual property registration form online, an important step towards a fully electronic registration system. Errors and missing information will now be automatically tagged so owners can make corrections before printing out the form and sending it, with payment, to HPD.

HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan said, “Timely and accurate property registration records benefit owners, tenants and the City. Mayor Bloomberg is committed to making City government more accessible and responsive wherever we can.  This new online property registration system will save time and effort for owners, as well as reducing errors which saves money for taxpayers.”

Buildings with three or more dwelling units must be registered with HPD's Registration Assistance Unit no more than 30 days from the date of transfer of title or change in managing agent. One- and two-family dwellings need not be registered unless the owner lives outside the City. However,  HPD encourages owners with tenant-occupied units to register with HPD to ensure notice of complaints and violations placed on their buildings. If the owner lives outside the City, the building must be managed by a New York City agent and registered with HPD’s Registration Assistance Unit. Owners must renew their building's registration annually (buildings with six or more dwelling units by April 1st and those with five or fewer by October 1st.) In order to initiate a court action or to request a code violation dismissal, the owner must prove that the building registration is current.

HPD assists residential owners to comply with the City's Housing Maintenance Code and other legal rules and regulations. HPD also provides hands-on assistance to owners to help resolve a wide range of finance and management issues. The agency runs courses to help owners, managing agents, and building superintendents to develop technical, management and finance skills. HPD offers low-cost loans for building rehabilitation, such as the replacement of one or more building systems. More information is available at by calling 311 or at

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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