How to Deal With NYC Class B,C, and D mold violations
With the need to establish healthy living conditions being a major concern of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), there is need for New Yorkers to take mold violation seriously. This is because mold has far-reaching catastrophic repercussions to the health individual, and hence there is need for landlords to remediate this problem wherever it occurs.
Unfortunately, there are no specific legal procedures for handling mold violation cases. According to the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), class C mold is considered to be a violation of the New York City Housing Maintenance code, but under the provisions of the code, it is stipulated that houses should be kept in good conditions without explicit mention of the mold violations.
While the Alternative Enforcement Program is of great help, more can be done. Under this program, Once HPD identifies a set of dwellings under the under class B or class C hazardous violation of the Housing Maintenance code, then the AEP is applied on the landlords of these dwellings. It is important to note that participation in this program is not by choice. However, the landlords in question can still be discharged from the EAP within the first four months if they completely correct class C violations related to mold within this period among other conditions.
In a nutshell, class C mold violations entail an immediately hazardous problem that needs to be addressed urgently and stringently. For this reason, the relevant authorities should come up with long-term solutions of this problem as soon as possible. Incorporating the DOHMH mold assessment and remediation guidelines into the New York City Housing Maintenance code could be of great help. Stern action should also be taken against landlords who willingly ignore a call to remediate the mold violation in their premises.
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