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HPD Violations Checklist

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  • a checklist of HPD violations
  • what kind of violations they are
  • how long your landlord has to fix them
  • what fines your landlord could pay for not fixing them

HPD Violations Checklist

Kitchen violations +

Class A: "non-hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 90 days to fix non-hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $10-$50 per violation per day from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class B: "hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 30 days to fix hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $25-$100, plus $10 per day, from the required correction date until the violation is fixed.

 

Class C: "immediately hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 24 hours to fix immediately hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with 5 or fewer units: HPD can fine the landlord $50 per violation per day.

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with more than 5 units: HPD can fine the landlord $50-$150 per violation, plus $125 per violation per day.

Bathroom violations +

Class A: "non-hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 90 days to fix non-hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $10-$50 per violation per day from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class B: "hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 30 days to fix hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $25-$100, plus $10 per day, from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class C: "immediately hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 24 hours to fix immediately hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with 5 or fewer units: HPD can fine the landlord $50 per violation per day.

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with more than 5 units: HPD can fine the landlord $50-$150 per violation, plus $125 per violation per day.

Bedroom violations +

Class A: "non-hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 90 days to fix non-hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $10-$50 per violation per day from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class B: "hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 30 days to fix hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $25-$100, plus $10 per day, from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class C: "immediately hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 24 hours to fix immediately hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with 5 or fewer units: HPD can fine the landlord $50 per violation per day.

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with more than 5 units: HPD can fine the landlord $50-$150 per violation, plus $125 per violation per day.

General violations: Your whole apartment +

Class A: "non-hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 90 days to fix non-hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $10-$50 per violation per day from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class B: "hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 30 days to fix hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation: HPD can fine the landlord $25-$100, plus $10 per day, from the required correction date until the violation is corrected.

 

Class C: "immediately hazardous" conditions

 

Landlord has 24 hours to fix immediately hazardous conditions

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with 5 or fewer units: HPD can fine the landlord $50 per violation per day.

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with more than 5 units: HPD can fine the landlord $50-$150 per violation, plus $125 per violation per day.

Heat and Hot Water:

If landlord fails to comply with heat and hot water requiremets: HPD can fine the ladnlord $250-$500 per violation per day. See more about heat and hot water requirements below.

Heating Season: October 1-May 31:

Daytime (6am to 10pm):

If below 55°F outside: inside should be 68°F.

Nighttime (10pm to 6am):

Inside should be at least 62°F regardless of the temperature outside.

Hot Water:

Landlord is required to provide hot water 365 days/year at a constant minimum temperature of 120°F.

Public spaces: Hallways, stairwells, mail rooms, etc. +

Some examples

Some examples of 'C' or "immediately hazardous" violations

 

Landlord has 24 hours to fix all 'C' violations

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with 5 or fewer units: HPD can fine the landlord $50 per violation per day.

If landlord fails to correct the violation in a building with more than 5 units: HPD can fine the landlord $50-$150 per violation, plus $125 per violation per day.

Harassment +

Some examples

  • Repeatedly making buyout offers to harass you
  • Making buyout offers when threatening you
  • Lying about occupancy or rent status of your apartment
  • Lying about making required repairs
  • Interrupting or stopping essential services, or failing to make required repairs
  • Removing your belongings, the door, or locking you out of your apartment
  • Doing construction in a way that harasses tenants
  • Cursing or using profane language to intimidate you
  • Using force, or threatening to use force
  • Threatening you because of your identity (see list below)
  • Filing frivilous law suits against you, including eviction cases
  • Threatening you or a family member
  • Contacting your job without your permission
  • Contacting you or visiting the apartment outside of normal business hours
  • Asking for documents that would reveal citizenship status when they already have your government-issued ID

People are protected from discriminatory harassment based on:

  • citizenship status
  • ethnicity
  • disability status
  • gender identity
  • partnership status
  • parental status
  • race
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • where you get lawful income
  • whether you've been a victim of domestic abuse or violence
  • whether you have or have had a stalker

These issues are probably not considered violations +

Kitchen

  • Tiles don’t match
  • Cabinets don’t match
  • Water pressure isn’t as strong as you like
  • Stove toppers don’t match/uneven
  • Drain clogged because you put food in it

Bathroom

  • Toilet seat, or the toilet seat cover, or the toilet tank don’t match
  • Shower/sink water pressure is not great
  • Mislabeled faucets
  • Child flushed toys down the toilet and now clogged

Bedroom

  • No window
  • Closet door color doesn’t match the walls
  • A bigger bed won’t fit inside

Public spaces

  • Floor in hallway is ugly
  • Stairs are painted a weird color
  • No windows

Please remember, even if something is not a violation, you can still ask the landlord to fix it - but the judge cannot order the landlord to do it.

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Last Review and Update: Jun 25, 2019
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