28
Mar
2017

Is a 'Tenant Advocate' Coming to the Department of Buildings

Habitat Magazine

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City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, who represents the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has proposed a bill called “Int. No. 1523” that could affect every construction, renovation and building-maintenance project at co-ops and condos across New York City.

The bill seeks to create a new office of the Tenant Advocate inside the Department of Buildings (DOB), charged with overseeing all work on occupied multi-family dwellings. The Tenant Advocate’s duties would include approving mandated tenant protection and site safety plans, establishing a system to field questions and complaints, monitoring work sites to make sure they’re in compliance with safety plans, and delivering detailed quarterly reports to the mayor and the speaker of the city council. All work would be covered, including the renovation and combining of apartments, and exterior work mandated by Local Law 11.

“I’m all for safety,” says Deborah Koplovitz, an attorney with the firm Anderson Kill. “But the question for me is: is this really necessary? As a co-op and condo lawyer, I would want to make sure it isn’t going to slow down a Local Law 11 project and make it more expensive.”

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