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Re: hpd's effectiveness on housing code voilations

Posted by Mark Smith on November 03, 1999 at 11:49:57:

In Reply to: hpd's effectiveness on housing code voilations posted by Nancy on November 03, 1999 at 02:01:45:

HPD's staffing for inspection and code enforcement has been decimated over the years. There are presently very few attorneys, who can bring only the most serious cases to court.

Your best recourse is to bring an HP proceeding in housing court or to withhold your rent, especially if YOUR apartment is illegal. You may not have to pay any rent until the landlord cures the condition. If the only way for the landlord to cure the condition is to remove the illegal apartment, you will eventually be evicted or ejected, but you should be able to remain without paying rent or use and occupancy until that happens.

: Early in the year, I lived in an apartment that had multiple housing code violations. One in particular is that the building was an illegal multiple
: dwelling. I recalled calling HPD several times to investigate and had many inspectors in the building, but don't know if HPD took action on punishing t
: the landlord for their violations. Is there any way, to finding out what actions HPD did take in individual building violations? Please let me know.

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