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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Eric Bederman 212-863-5176


HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN REMINDS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING OWNERS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER PROPERTIES WITH THE CITY

Annual Registration Period Is Now Open Until September 1st Deadline

HPD’s Online Property Registration Allows Owners to Create New Registration Forms or Update Previously Existing Forms

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been is reminding property owners and managing agents of multifamily residential buildings and certain one- and two- family homes of their obligation to annually register their properties with HPD. The annual registration period is now open, and must be completed by the September 1st deadline. Building owners can register with HPD online and registration forms will be sent to them in the mail. When the registration process is successfully completed the property will be validly registered through August 31, 2015.

“A valid property registration provides HPD with information that is critical to in our efforts to respond to the needs of both owners and tenants during emergency situations,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “I urge all owners to register their properties by the September 1st deadline. It’s an effective way to ensure that you are protecting your tenants and complying with the city’s housing code.” 

Residential properties that are required by law to be registered with HPD are:

  • Multiple dwelling buildings with three or more residential units; or
  • A non-owner occupied one- or two-family house. One- and two-family homes are only required to register IF neither the owner nor the owner’s immediate family resides there. 

Valid property registration requires both the submission of a completed property registration form to HPD, and payment of the registration fee to the New York City Department of Finance (DOF). Registrations for these properties must also be filed whenever ownership changes or whenever the information on a valid registration changes (i.e. new managing agent or site management).

A receipt will be sent to the business address of the managing agent once the property is validly registered. It is important to note that business address for the managing agent is the address to which HPD sends all official correspondence, including re-registration forms and Notices of Violation.

Owners and property managers can use HPD’S PROPERTY REGISTRATION ONLINE SYSTEM to:

  • Create new property registration forms, whether you are an owner registering for the first time, a new managing agent for an existing property owner or a managing agent registering for a new owner
  • View information and forms created under your ownership/management
  • Update information from previous registrations for submission to HPD
  • Link to the Department of Finance (DOF) to pay the $13 registration charge

All forms must be printed, signed, and mailed in to HPD. 

Property owners who fail to validly register their buildings put themselves and their tenants at a disadvantage by making it difficult for HPD to keep in contact with their approved managing agents and emergency contacts. Where properties are not validly registered owners and agents may not receive complaint notifications, notices of violations issued, or other notices issued by HPD regarding Housing Code enforcement activities. Owners will not be allowed to certify violations as corrected or to file for Dismissal Request inspections to have open violations removed. In addition, owners may not be able to file actions in Housing Court without being properly and validly registered.

Additionally, without valid registration information on file, owners my not receive updates to Housing Maintenance Code requirements, new regulations, and other important notices from HPD. A lack of current registration information also makes it difficult for HPD to contact owners or agents in emergency situations such as severe weather, fires, issuance of vacate orders, and other important events that affect the properties.


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About The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs, and enforcement of housing quality standards. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to build and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/nychpd  and www.twitter.com/nychousing.