The NYC Local Law 55 was enacted to combat rising asthma rates, improve the indoor air quality of buildings, and improve the quality of life for New York residents. This law necessitates the owners to ensure that all the indoor health hazards are removed from the building. It also requires them to ensure that they use safe and effective standards for preventing those health hazards to happen again.
Allergens such as molds can cause a variety of health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and more. They can also cause inconveniences such as cough, headaches, nausea and dizziness.
New York City law requires all building owners with three or more apartments to keep their tenants’ homes free of pests and mold. Local Law 55 also applies to landlords of housing units where a tenant suffers from asthma. This requires them to fix all the causes of these problems.
All property owners must use integrated pest management (IPM) practices to safely control pests and fix building-related issues that lead to pest problems.
Notice of Violations are sent to building owners who fail to comply with the law. They are then required to correct any violations and file a certification of corrections form before the deadline given on the notice. Penalties can range from $10 to $125 per day, up to a maximum of $10,000 depending on the class and severity of the violation.
Q- What are the Indoor Health Hazards under Local Law 55?
All indoor health hazards which trigger asthma, such as: Mold, Rodents and Cockroaches. Landlords must also apply ongoing measures to ensure that their properties remain free of indoor health hazards.
Q- What are the annual requirements for Local Law 55 Compliance?
Landlords are now required to conduct investigations, at least annually, and provide Local Law 55 inspection completion form. Landlords must also take all necessary measures to keep the property free from indoor allergen hazards and pests and remediate any existing conditions. However, there are additional circumstances that may warrant additional investigations.
A notice must be provided in all tenant leases outlining the new obligations and regulations under Local Law 55. The notice must be approved by the DOB and made available in multiple languages.
Q- What are the Violations for Non-compliance with NYC Local Law 55?
The Department of Buildings (DOB) will be issuing violations to any landlord not compliant with the regulations of Local Law 55. Fines for violations can vary depending on the specifics of the incidence and can be as large as $10,000 per occurrence. All incidences of hazards must be corrected, and a Certificate of Correction must be obtained from a licensed professional and submitted to the DOB.
It may be necessary to conduct multiple inspections per year and perform remediation when necessary. Therefore, it is very important to put effective prevention methods in place to save time and money in the long run.
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