Amendments to Rules relating to the Alternative Enforcement Program
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE
Under the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) identifies distressed buildings in need of repair and systems replacement, and monitors progress by owners towards correction of Housing Maintenance Code violations, or undertakes correction of the violations itself. The New York City Council recently amended Administrative Code §27-2153 to authorize HPD to set the criteria used to select buildings for the program. As a result, HPD is amending the AEP rules to include these new criteria. The selection of the criteria is based upon five years of experience in enforcing the AEP. The new criteria are intended to better target buildings likely to benefit from inclusion in the AEP, use agency resources more effectively to improve the positive outcome for these buildings, increase the cost effectiveness of the AEP, and prevent buildings from reentering the program at a later date. An analysis of the effect of selection criteria on the inventory of buildings entering the program is set forth in HPD's report entitled, ''The Alternative Enforcement Program: 5 Year Report: 2007-2012," available on HPD's website. New criteria will be used for identifying buildings for participation in the program beginning January 31, 2013.