An HP Action is brought to the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) by a tenant or a tenant group against a landlord who violates legal housing standards. The goal is to compel or force the landlord to repair unsafe, unhealthy, unsanitary and otherwise illegal conditions such as no heat or hot water, in an apartment or the common areas.
Once an action is brought by the tenant, the landlord and/or the managing agent are named as defendants (respondents). After the action is commenced, the City sends an inspector who will note all the violations in the apartment or building’s common areas. Most times the landlord agrees to repair all the conditions the inspector has listed and will repair those violations within period specified in the law. The more serious the violation, the sooner the landlord is required to make the repairs. In most instances, all repairs should be made within 90 days. If the landlord fails to make the repairs as required then the tenant is forced to take the landlord back to court. If the landlord fails to make the repairs as required a NYC judge can hold the landlord in contempt, fine him or her, and even if some situations throw the landlord into jail.
Although a tenant is more than capable of bringing such an action having a lawyer can sometimes make the process go more smoothly. If you have building violations or other conditions in your NYC apartment that are unsightly and dangerous you can contact the Law Offices of Attorney Eric Feinberg for assistance.