Weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit, the stories of people unable to stay in their apartments because landlords have yet to make repairs are still commonplace.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to put an end to that and is pushing landlords to act and wants to make sure they know the city is offering them the resources to make their apartments liveable again.
As we reported last week, groups in the Rockaways are concerned about the number of displaced residents who may be at the mercy of the increasingly cold weather and say they are concerned about hypothermia and other conditions that are exacerbated by exposure.
â€śAs the weather gets colder, we cannot stress enough the importance of making sure those who are living in homes or apartments without heat get to a warmer place,â€ť said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley in a statement. â€śProlonged exposure to cold is not just uncomfortable, it is dangerous, especially for infants, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases.â€ť
The Bloomberg administraion reminds landlords they have two options to repair their properties:
1) Owners and landlords may correct the conditions themselves and submit a timely certification to HPD.
2) Owners and landlords may sign up for the NYC Rapid Repairs program by calling 311, going to NYC.gov or visiting one of the Cityâ€™s Restoration Centers.
Owners who fail to promptly correct these hazardous conditions themselves or do not sign up with NYC Rapid Repairs to restore essential services to their buildings will be subject to the commencement of enforcement proceedings.
Bloomberg visits homeowners whose power was restored by NYC Rapid Repairs.Photo provided by Mayor's Office.