HPD Violations

HPD Violations

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If you are a building owner in New York City, it is important to be aware of HPD violations. An HPD violation can result in hefty fines, and it is important to avoid them. Learn what an HPD violation is and how to avoid them. 

What is an HPD violation, and what are its consequences?

An HPD violation is a violation of housing and building codes in New York City. These violations can occur for various reasons, including failure to complete required repairs, not meeting energy efficiency standards, or using materials or construction methods that are unsafe or not up to code.

If an HPD violation is found, the building owner can face significant fines and penalties, as well as having their property shut down until necessary repairs are made. Therefore, it is essential to avoid HPD violations, such as working with a professional contractor familiar with local building codes and regulations.

  • Class A violations (non-hazardous) penalties for not posting a notice about the housing information guide: $250
    • All other Class A violations: $10-$50 each
  • Class B violations (hazardous) $25-$100 each, plus $10 per violation per day
  • Class C violations (immediately hazardous)
  • Not related to heat, hot water or illegal devices or lead-based paint:
    • Buildings with 5 or fewer units: $50 per violation per day
    • Buildings with more than 5 units: $50-$150 per violation plus $125 per violation per day

For more information on HPD violations and fines visit https://www.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/penalties-and-fees.page

How do you know if your property has an HPD violation

There are several ways to determine if your property has an HPD violation. One option is to check the official NYC Housing and Preservation Department (HPD) website, which contains information on all active and historical violations across the city. 

On the home page, enter the property address to get information about complaints, violations, and property registration and click Search.  

Other options include talking with a professional building inspector or contacting your local government office for more information on HPD violations and how to avoid them.

How can you get an HPD violation removed from your property?

Different violations have different certification periods, which dictate how long owners and managers have to correct the violating conditions. Violations can be certified as corrected online or by mail.

Class A – Correct within 90 days

Class B – Correct within 30 days

Class C – Class C violations unrelated to lead-based paint, window guards, heat or hot water have a 24-hour certification period.

You can certify the correction of HPD violations online using eCertification. This service is available to building owners and managing agents.

To get an HPD violation removed from your property, you will typically need to work with a qualified contractor or building inspector to ensure that all violations are appropriately addressed and resolved. 

This may involve making repairs, completing inspections, or taking other necessary steps to comply with local housing and building codes. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

NYC HPD places liens or judgements on properties for numerous reasons, and the most common is when the property owner misses the deadline to cure the violation.

NYC HPD will file a court order on the property to prompt the owner to correct, and also impose civil penalties of $250 daily for lack of heat or hot water violations for the first day, and for any day thereafter, NYC HPD imposes a $500 daily civil penalty multiplied by the actual number of days the problem remains not corrected. 

No. Although both can be attached to the same property, they are not the same.  Both agencies issue violations, and both agencies have different processes to correct the violations.

Yes. The property has to be deemed safe by HPD for all inhabitants, and the violations will not disappear until they are corrected, and any civil penalties, and fines are paid.

The NYC HPD inspector during the site visit will look for violations visible to the eye even if they are not the ones they are there to inspect.


It’s best to avoid additional violations such as doors with double cylinder locks without keys to exit, gates on windows instead of a latch, carbon dioxide and smoke detectors missing or not working, dark hallways instead of light colored hallways, stairwells unsteady or with cracks in steps, or not having the required signage for the heating, fire, sprinkler or gas system in addition to not having a gas or fire plan with an inspection box noting the dates of the inspections, etc.

NYC HPD will not impose any fines for Class B Fines. 


However, NYC HPD’s concern is safety, and if he inspector receives a complaint and visits the property and finds there is no gas, hot water or heat, there will be a fine imposed.

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