1. Make sure you register your building annually
Owners of all multi family properties are required by law to file an annual Multiple Dwelling Registration form with HPD. This applies to buildings of 3 or more units, and 1- or 2-unit buildings where neither the owner nor family member is an occupant. The annual registration is due by September 1st. Click Here for more information on registering your property with HPD.
2. How to comply with the Queens housing maintenance code
Queens homeowners are responsible for compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code. HPD’s Division of Code Enforcement responds to complaints made via 311 regarding lack of essential services such as heat and water and housing maintenance problems such as leaks, vermin and broken plaster. Click Here for a list of common Maintenance Requirements for Multi Family Homes in Queens.
3. How to correct violations
For new violations, Queens homeowners may correct the conditions and submit a timely certification, online or in the mail, back to Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) per the Notice of Violation. If the violation is overdue, owners must submit a Dismissal Request or Violation Reissuance Request to HPD. Click Here for more information on clearing HPD violations in Queens.
4. Paying municipal fines and arrears
Queens homeowners must pay their property tax, water, sewer, and Emergency Repair Program (if applicable) bills on time and in full. Failing to do runs the risk of interest charges, property liens, or eventual foreclosure. Click Here for more information on paying municipal Fines and Arrears in Queens.
5. Go Green!
Implementing green building and maintenance practices can save you money and help your tenants and the environment. Click Here for the Queens homeowner’s toolkit for saving money by going green.
6. Options for dealing with difficult tenants
The only legal way a building owner may evict a nonpaying tenant who refuses to move voluntarily is through a nonpayment eviction proceeding in Housing Court. Many leases contain “nuisance” provisions that, under certain circumstances, allow building owners to undertake eviction proceedings for objectionable conduct. See Queens Housing Court Answers for more information.
To qualified Queens homeowners, HPD offers low-interest rehabilitation loans in neighborhoods throughout the borough. If your building is already part of an HPD program, our Asset Management team may be able to help. E-mail Assets@hpd.nyc.gov. You can also attend free in person and online classes on property management, heat/hot water systems, and other important topics.
8. Be prepared for a disaster
Effective May 18, 2014, owners of residential Queens multi family properties where at least one unit is not occupied by the owner are required to post a temporary notice with emergency information in the common area of the building:
- Prior to the arrival of a weather emergency
- After a natural disaster
- After being informed that a utility outage will last for more than 24 hours.
- See sample notice language and other recommendations
9. Attend an HPD or DOB Homeowners’ night to have questions answered in person
HPD & DOB’s Public Outreach and Education team regularly participates in informational events for building owners, in communities across the city. Click Here to learn more about Department of Buildings Homeowner’s Night in Queens NY.
10. There are borough offices
HPD has offices located in each borough to provide services to tenants and owners. Staff from of divisions of code enforcement and neighborhood preservation are there to answer your questions. Borough Service Centers locations.
Blog courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera, Realtors & Owners of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II, one of the highest rated real estate agent teams in Queens County.