Public comments for: Pilot Program for Certifications of No Harassment

Comments

Comment:
Fee. The term "Fee" means a sum in the amount of $160.00 per existing dwelling unit which amount is a fee to offset all or part of the administrative cost to the Department of processing the application for Certification of No Harassment. We would like further clarification on exactly where this fee goes. We propose a capped amount depending on the size of the building. It is unfair to force a building with 10 units to pay $160 x 10 or $1,920 in addition to forcing a building with 50 units to pay $160 x 50 or $8,000. It should be in proportion to the total number of units in the building. The Building Qualification Index should be available to any owner who requests the information on their own building. There should be total transparency, so any building owner can see if their building is close to qualifying and remediate sooner. There should be leeway for a new owner purchasing a building with many violations to conduct repairs before automatically going into the index. New ownership should have a one-year period in which to clear violations and correct mistakes on the previous owners’ part without penalty. This will encourage upstanding landlords and developers to purchase poorly maintained properties and conduct repairs. There should be a transparent, publicly available list of approved community groups to conduct these surveys to ensure total impartiality. There should also be an opportunity for the landlord to rebut any claims of harassment. In the event of an emergency a landlord should be able to pull a permit without scrutiny Especially for emergency boiler and gas work. What will the screening processes be? How can the landlord ensure that “low income” tenant does not have landlord hits against them or bad credit? How can the landlord be assured that the units are being rented to good hardworking tax-paying citizen? Rather than encourage property maintenance, this will discourage it as landlords will not want to purchase buildings in which the previous owner got into trouble. This is unacceptable. City contractors mean huge administrative fees. Will charges be reflected on tax bill? Can liens be resulted from it? A hearing should be the step of the process. It should be innocent until proven guilty not guilty until proven innocent.
Agency: HPD
Comment:
Permits for all plumbing needs and necessities should be excluded from the CONH. Especially in the event for emergency repair work for heating and gas.
Agency: HPD