Approved structural repair work in SRO did not amount to harassment of tenants.
An SRO building owner filed an application for certification of no harassment as required before engaging in proposed construction work.
After investigation, HPD made a preliminary determination that harassment of SRO tenants had occurred within the past three years and it set the matter for an OATH hearing.
ALJ Alessandra Zorgniotti recommended that the owner's application be granted, finding that disruption to tenant services was caused by necessary construction work (joist replacement) which was done pursuant to a permit.
In addition, the owner provided the SRO tenants with the option to temporarily relocate to comparable units next door during the construction. Dep't of Housing Preservation & Development v. Scharf (in PDF), OATH Index No. 2062/07 (Mar. 31, 2008).