How to find Queens Property Records

By George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

Whether you’re a homeowner, absentee owner, estate executor, or potential home buyer, you may need to access your Queens County NY property records for one reason or another. Lucky for you, many property records are public record here in Queens and all you have to know is how to access these records in order to get all of the information you need. Below is a list of sites that we use when researching a property that one of our clients is looking to buy or sell. The legwork upfront is always worth it because there are so many issues and items that can come up once you dive into the history of a property. We hope you find this information helpful and useful in your Queens real estate endeavors!

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How to Throw a Block Party in Queens

block_partyBy George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

A Block Party is defined as a community sponsored, public event where there are no sales of goods or services. Block parties are limited to one block and one day. If you have always wanted to throw a block party but just didn’t know where to start, keep reading. This list will give you everything you need to know about throwing your very own Queens Block Party!

Step 1.
Submit Application & Petition

You have to submit your Queens Block Party application at least 90 days in advance of the event. The application process always begins with filling out the necessary form which includes information about yourself, the event date, time, etc. The application typically includes a wide variety of questions from whether you plan to have tents, celebrity appearances, etc. Once your application is submitted, the Street Activity Permit Office (or SAPO) will review it along with your community board and comment on whether the event warrants closure of that block. Most Queens Community Boards will also require that you get the consent of a certain percentage of residents via a petition so that’s a good idea to work on before hand. Below are links to the Street Activity Permit Office site as well as the Block Party Permit Application…

Street Activity Permit Office Home Page: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/cecm/about/sapo.page

Block Party Permit Application: https://nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/cems/login.aspx

NOTE:
A permit can close a street for up to 9 hours, although you can’t party later than 9 or 10pm. In addition, the block you choose to throw your party on must be in the neighborhood where you currently live.

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Step 2.
Approval or Rejection

approved-rejected-stamp-21102653If you want to increase your chances of being approved, it is suggested that you contact your Queens community board first in order to get some guidance and (or) advice on the event. Getting your community board’s support from the beginning will help you as you move through the process. Keep in mind that in general, permits for parties on blocks that are located at busy intersections or on streets where buses run will most likely not be approved. In those cases, your community board may suggest an alternative street nearby or you can plan for that ahead of time and think of a few alternatives. Timing conflicts can be another issue so prepare to have some back up dates as well.

Queens Community Boards: http://www.nyc.gov/html/cau/html/cb/queens.shtml

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Step 3.
Once Accepted

If your application is accepted by the Community Board, it will then go to the NYPD and FDNY for review. Each agency will review your application and check for any permitting issues like sound permits, etc.

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Trash Removal

trash removalIf you set up and host the block party in your area, you or your team will be responsible for leaving the block the same way it was before the party. There are two ways to ensure this, you can either do your own pre and post party clean up, or, you can hire the Dept of Sanitation to bring in a mechanical broom, collection truck, etc.

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Additional Information you should be Aware Of:

  • A block party is a community sponsored, public event where there are no sales of goods or services. Block parties are limited to one block and one day.
  • Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to the event
  • Applicants must be a member of a block association and given permission by their neighbors
  • Limited to one day and one block
  • Rain dates are not permitted
  • Event must be open to all neighbors on the block; not a private party (e.g. a birthday party)
  • Cannot charge a fee to participate or fundraise
  • You may not sell food or other goods and services
  • Alcohol, vendors, commercial branding and sponsorships are not permitted at block parties.
  • Depending on what you plan to have at your block party, you may require additional permits. All other agency permits must be obtained before SAPO can grant your street activity permit Examples include:
    • Rides and inflatables, such as truck mounted rides and bounce houses require a permit from the Department of Consumer Affairs and insurance. The ride company that you hire should provide this documentation.
    • Petting Zoos or other non-domesticated animals require a permit from the Department of Health and insurance. The stable or farm where you rent the animals should provide this documentation.
    • Raffles or donations require a permit from the Human Resources Administration
    • All amplified sound, such as background music, musical performances or speaking programs, requires a permit from the New York Police Department
    • Generators require a certificate from the New York Fire Department. When generators are over 40kw they also require a certificate from the New York Department of Environmental Protection

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10 Things you should Know as a Multiple Dwelling Homeowner in Queens NY

by George Herrera, Realtor & Co-Owner of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty.

20_East Elmhurst Homes for Sale_East Elmhurst New York_East Elmhurst Queens_East Elmhurst NY Real Estate (101)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.

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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.

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3. How to correct violations

code-violationFor 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.

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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.

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5. Go Green!

GogreenImplementing 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.

Property-appraisal-button7. What to do if your building is in physical or financial trouble

Queens House Needs WorkTo 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:

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.

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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. 

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