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Work Done in apts without permits?

Postby TaylorBrown » Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:21 pm

As old tenants leave or die, the landlord is renovating and turning one bedrooms into two bedroom apts. The apt above and below me are already finished but no permits were displayed during work. The landlord told me there were permits. If permits were not applied for, and posted when they should have been, what action can be taken after the fact? The work seems to have been poorly done, as I can hear music and appliances through the kitchen wall of next door apt now, as well as footsteps vibrating through the shared wall and floor and dropped shoes etc. It is now as if I have roommates.

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Re: Work Done in apts without permits?

Postby TenantNet » Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:44 pm

The problem is the NYC Dept of Buildings should be enforcing that, but they rarely do.

You can look up the building and any DOB violation and permits, if any, by going through this:

You should search the regular database and also the newer DOB NOW Portal.

Check the Certificate of Occupancy. If they have changed to 2 bedrooms, or moved any outer walls to any of the units, then they have to get, or update, the Cert. of Occupancy.

Some areas of town also require a Certificate of No Harassment. (that's with HPD).

The problem with doing something like this is that it changes (or in some cases removes) proper egress. People and firefighters have died when there are is proper egress.

I would make a complaint with DOB and get them to inspect. If need be, you can go to your elected officials for help.
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