BY SAM RAPPAPORT
A total of 18 multi-family buildings in Queens have fallen into dangerous disrepair, according to a report released by the mayor’s office on Feb. 12.
The report lists 250 multi-family buildings in New York City that have been placed in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). The initiative shines a light on buildings whose owners have allowed them to fall into a state of dilapidation.
Each of the 250 buildings has racked up multiple housing code violations—a combined total of 26,301—and is now under enhanced scrutiny from HPD.
“This kind of willful negligence puts tenants in danger,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “It is immoral and illegal and we will use every tool we have to go after property owners and make these buildings safe for New York families.”
The 18 Queens buildings span 11 community board districts and house a total of 306 units. The largest of those 18 buildings— within Community Board 8—is located at 87-40 165th St. and contains 119 units. The area with most buildings on the AEP list is Community Board District 14, which contains four of the dilapidated buildings under heightened scrutiny.
“HPD is working on all fronts to make sure that landlords live up to their obligations to provide tenants with the safe, quality housing that they rightfully deserve,” HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said. “The Alternative Enforcement Program is a powerful tool to take negligent owners to task and address systemic conditions in buildings.”
This is the 11th year of the AEP program, which was established in 2007 under the New York City Safe Housing Law. The law calls for an annual list of multiple dwellings with high counts of serious building code violations. De Blasio and the New York City Council increased funding for the program in 2014, which allowed for an expansion of the number of buildings on the annual list, from 200 to 250.
For a complete list of the city’s 250 buildings placed in this year’s AEP program, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/compliance/list-of-buildings-2018.pdf.
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