Posted by DK on January 12, 1999 at 12:31:16:
In Reply to: Re: Plumber's Qualifications posted by Dave on January 08, 1999 at 20:40:14:
I agree with Fred's very detailed response. It is important to note that the Building Code does not require a licensed plumber for most repair work. The Code only requires a license where there is an alteration to the plumbing, that is, where the layout of the pipes is changed. A landlord can use an unlicensed worker to replace a toilet, basin or sink if there is no change in the layout.
: : My landlord wants me to let someone into my apartment to do plumbing work for the building who is not a licensed plumber. Is there any standard as to whom I must allow to do work here? I am concerned about bonding as well as skill, and also am suspicious of the person who won't give me his address.
: The NYC Dept. of Bldgs. requires that a licensed plumber must be used
: for any plumbing work beyond minor faucet / toilet / drain work.
: You can check with Dept. of Bldgs. (212.312.8217) to see if someone
: who claims to be a licensed plumber actually is one. For anytype of work
: beyond minor work (i.e.: if the owner wants to move pipes, install new
: lines & radiators, etc.) then applications have to be filed at DOB and a
: permit for the work as specified must be obtained. Often owners will try
: to get tenants to go along with a plan to let an unlicensed worker do work in
: or around an apartment (it can be a lot cheaper). Just know it is not legal
: to go that route. Call DOB @ 212.312.8007 to report work in progress that
: is being performed byunlicensed individuals.
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