You asked questions – we got answers.
Following the official enforcement of Local Law 110 (reminder: requirement to post DOB-ECB violations or provide to tenants, if related to a unit – get more compliance details on our last blog post), we asked the DOB for additional guidance on key points of the law. Here’s what you should know:
This law only applies to DOB-ECB violations.
Local Law 110 only applies to violations (interchangeable with the term “Summons”) issued by the DOB and heard via OATH (formerly ECB). Here’s an example of what these violations typically look like, as opposed to other DOB violations (PVTs, etc).
There Are No Additional Specific Requirements (Other Than Posting Or Providing)
While some laws tend to be very specific about how and where to post signage, LL 110 only specifies that copies of a Notice of Violation (Summons) must be posted in the lobby. This is in addition to the DOB-created pamphlet, linked here.
We’re emphasizing the word copies so you know exactly what you need to post in order to stay compliant.
Of course, posting is applicable if the Notice of Violation was issued for a common area that impacts all residents. If the Notice of Violation was issued for a specific dwelling unit, you must instead provide it to that resident and any adjacent units (along with the pamphlet).
Local Law 110 Only Applies To Residential Buildings
One of the biggest questions we got was which buildings this new local law applies to. While the law wasn’t explicit, and there were no clarifying rules posted, language in the law seemed to lean mostly towards residential buildings.
That said, we don’t like to assume anything when it comes to compliance. We waited to get confirmation from the DOB before saying the requirement to post and provide DOB-OATH(ECB) violations only applies to residential buildings.
Violations Can Be Removed From The Lobby When They’re Resolved
According to the DOB, you can take down posted violations in the lobby once they’re marked as “Resolved.” This means it’s either dismissed or corrected.
Make sure to verify the violation’s certification status in your InCheck or SiteCompli account before removing the posting. It also never hurts to document when it was posted, when it was removed, and by whom – this way you’ll have a record should you ever need to prove compliance.
Reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how find status information or document work records in your account.
Failure To Comply Will Result in Fines
Noncompliance will be met with Class 3 “miscellaneous” DOB-OATH violations, bearing a $500 penalty per infraction – for now. This may change in the future, so stay tuned to the Blog for updates.
To review the basics of LL110, check out our earlier blog post. We’ll keep you up-to-date for this, and any other future compliance changes you need to be aware of.