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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 036-13
January 24, 2013

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING HPD TO ORDER NECESSARY REPAIRS TO BUILDINGS

Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

“The first of two bills before me today is Introductory Number 967, sponsored by Council Members Brewer, Chin, Gonzalez, James, Mendez, Recchia, Williams, Rodriguez, Jackson, Lander, Van Bramer, Vann, Dromm, Lappin, Garodnick, Barron, Gennaro and Greenfield.  Introductory Number 967 authorizes the Department of Housing Preservation & Development to order property owners to correct an underlying condition which is causing a violation of the Housing Maintenance Code or Multiple Dwelling Law.

“HPD is charged with ensuring residences throughout the City are safe and habitable and while the overwhelming number of property owners maintain their properties adequately, there are instances where property owners are ordered to correct a violation, typically related to mold and water leaks, and they only correct the surface condition and not the underlying cause which results in violations being issued repeatedly and the problem never being solved.  Introductory Number 967 authorizes HPD to order a property owner to correct an underlying condition that has caused the violation.  If a property owner fails to make the repair HPD will take appropriate enforcement actions against the owner.

“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 City Council for approving this legislation.”







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