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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 433-08
November 3, 2008

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION MODIFYING REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR PROPERTY OWNERS

Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The first of six bills before me today is Introductory Number 824-A, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Dilan, Fidler, Nelson, White and Jackson.  Introductory Number 824-A improves the process by which the Department of Housing Preservation & Development informs building owners of violations.

"Owners of multiple dwellings are required to file an Owners Registration Statement with the City so they can be informed by HPD of any problems with their buildings.  When such a building changes hands and the new owner fails to file an Owners Registration Statement, the law requires HPD to send violations to the previous owner.  Introductory Number 824-A will enable HPD to invalidate a building registration if the previous owner sends documentation to HPD that they have sold the property.  Furthermore, Introductory Number 824-A will require all non-owner occupied one and two family homes to register as well.

"This legislation will ensure that property owners are made aware of any problems with their buildings and that prior owners of these buildings are not inconvenienced for an existing owners' negligence.

"I want to thank Department of Housing, Preservation & Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan and his staff for their work on this bill.  I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."







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