August 10, 2017
Talk about fast acting… In February, city officials released their latest list of the worst apartment buildings in New York City. Just six months later, on August 10, more than half the buildings have fixed their problems — ranging from roof links to rodents.
Every year for 10 years, New York City’s Alternative Enforcement Program releases its list of the 250 apartment buildings with the most code violations according to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). These buildings carried a total 32,606 code violations. So far, more than 25,600 violations have been fixed.
“Through the Alternative Enforcement Program, we are improving the City’s most distressed buildings, so that residents have the safe, quality housing that they need and deserve,” said Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of HPD.
The Alternative Enforcement Program has become a widely-reported naming and shaming of the owners bad buildings. As a result, the landlords on the list are often desperate to get off of it and are acting quickly to fix problems.
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