How to Remove an NYC HPD Mold Violation
If you find yourself facing a New York City HPD mold violation, do not despair. By partnering with a local company that can remove the mold or inspect your building post-removal, you’ll be able to remove the violation quickly.
In 2018, New York City passed Local Law 55 — the Indoor Allergen Hazards Law. That guidance requires building owners with sites with three or more apartments to follow certain regulations related to tenant safety.
The law covers buildings in all five boroughs and calls for those apartments to be kept free of both mold and pests. The law applies to other types of dwelling units, including apartments, condos, co-ops and public housing where a resident has asthma.
That means not only addressing the physical issue but also by fixing the conditions within the building that are causing the problems. In New York City, the Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) department is responsible for enforcing both city and state codes and laws related to housing safety.
Owners are responsible for inspecting units for indoor allergens annually. Vacant apartments should be inspected and any mold removed prior to new residents moving in.
Owners are responsible for ensuring that residents are provided with a copy of a Local Law 55 fact sheet, which indicates that tenants should notify building owners if they detect the presence of indoor allergens.
How to Remove NYC HPD Mold Violation
Before determining what’s needed to address a mold issue in an NYC building, it’s important to understand the scope. There are three classes of HPD mold violations. The classes, and mold violation removal processes, depend largely on the size of the mold presence and the time in which the owner must address the issue.
Class A Mold Violations
This class covers cases where the mold is present in less than 10 square feet in a room in a dwelling unit or less than 30 square feet on any given level, hallway or common area. Conversely, the mold covers less than 50 square feet in total.
The HPD requires Class A violations to be corrected and certified within 90 days.
Class B Mold Violations
This class covers mold presence that is between 10 square feet and 20 square feet in a room or more than 30 square feet in a level, hallway, or common area or more than 50 square feet in aggregate. These violations must be addressed and certified within 30 days.
Class C Mold Violations
This class addresses violations with mold that is present in more than 30 square feet of a room and must be corrected and certified within 21 days.
The process for addressing a mold violation HPD depends on the class of the violation.
For all class violations, there are two main ways to address the issue. Owners can attempt to self-address the issue while practicing safe work practices. However, given the tricky nature of mold being presence, many owners opt instead for a more thorough action that ensures that current mold is removed and underlying conditions are addressed.
In such cases, owners work with a licensed mold assessment and mold remediation contractor to clear mold violation NYC.
Once contractors have completed their work, various paperwork must be completed and filed with the HPD. In all cases, the owner or manager must complete a mold Certificate of Correction, which affirms that mold was corrected in areas indicated by the violation.
If the violation is for a building with fewer than 10 units, or a Class A type in a building with 10 or more units, the owner or manager completes an Affidavit of Compliance AF-7.
For Class B or C violations, there must be two separate contractors hired, one to assess the work by identifying the mold, the underlying causes and complete an inspection report. That information is sent to the second company, which completes the remediation work.
In these cases, an Affidavit of Compliance AF-8 is necessary. In both cases, the affidavits must be accompanied by various copies of the remediator’s licenses and receipts.
At Prime Mold Removal, we help NYC building owners address mold issues in buildings of all sizes. Our experienced professionals can fulfill either role in Class B and C violations, either completing assessments or completing the necessary work. We will identify the mold present, investigate and identify likely sources, and complete the necessary work to remove mold from the building.
To learn more about how Prime Mold Removal can remove your NYC HPD mold violation, contact us today.