FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 14, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REGARDING FINES FOR HEAT AND HOT WATER VIOLATIONS
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 666-A, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Dilan, Chin, Comrie, Jackson, Mark-Viverito, Nelson, Rose, Seabrook, Vann, Brewer, Lander, Rodriguez, Williams, Arroyo, Barron, Gennaro and Gentile. Introductory Number 666-A provides landlords with a payment alternative for addressing first time heat and hot water violations while at the same time focusing the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's resources on habitual violators.
"Introductory Number 666-A will allow a landlord who received a first violation to avoid an appearance at Housing Court and submit payment of $250 directly to HPD with a certification of correction of the violation. In addition, landlords that receive third and subsequent violations at the same dwelling in the same calendar year or heat season will be subject to an inspection fee for each inspection that results in a violation. Unpaid violations will be recoverable by a lien on the property.
"I would like to thank HPD Commissioner Matthew Wambua and his staff for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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