Violations Issued by HPD for Missing Annual Bed Bug Reports (Local Law 69)
Recently we’ve had a number of calls and emails with clients who received a notice of violation from HPD regarding their annual bed bug filing report.
This is a Class A violation from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) with the following description:
“(A) § HMC:FILE ANNUAL BEDBUG REPORT IN ACCORDANCE WITH HPD RULE AS DESCRIBED ON THE BACK OF THIS NOTICE OF VIOLATION OR AS DESCRIBED ON HPD’S WEBSITE, WWW.NYC.GOV/HPD, SEARCH BED BUGS.”
In short, Local Law 69 requires all multiple dwelling property owners to file an annual report on bed bug infestation history. The deadline for last year’s report was in December 2020.
If you received this violation, you must file last year’s annual bed bug report by the designated correction date in July 2021.
Failure to correct the violation may result in fines ranging from $10.00 to $50.00 each.
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FAQs: Annual Bed Bug Report Violations
What Is Local Law 69?
Local Law 69 was passed in 2017 and went into effect in 2018. It requires that owners of multiple-dwelling buildings attempt to obtain the bed bug infestation history from tenants and unit owners, including whether or not eradication measures were taken.
Each December, property owners are required to submit an annual report for each multiple-dwelling property before January 1st. The annual bed bug report should be filed electronically using HPD’s online portal: hpdcrmportal.dynamics365portals.us
This year is the first time that HPD is actively enforcing LL69, so many building owners are learning about it for the first time.
Since the beginning of April, HPD has issued over 100,000 notices of violations so far. Building owners who received the notice have 90 days (until July 2021) to correct the violation by filing last year’s report.
Violations and Penalties
Per Local Law 69, failure to file last year’s annual bed bug report by January 1st, 2021 results in a Class A violation from HPD. Violations must be corrected and certified within a designated time frame.
Failure to correct a Class A violation may result in a penalty of $10.00 to $50.00.
Open violations are publicly available information. A poor track record makes it hard for landlords to attract prospective renters and keep existing tenants.
Lastly, open violations negatively impact the landlord’s creditworthiness. They may also prevent owners from selling or refinancing the property.
Why Did I Not Receive This Violation Last Year?
Violations for building owners who did not file annual bed bug reports are normally sent out in the spring. Due to the state of emergency caused by COVID-19 last year, you may have not received a violation even if you didn’t file an annual bed bug report in 2019.
How Do I Correct This Violation?
Use HPD’s online portal to submit your annual bed bug report before the “Correct By Date” indicated on your notice of violation. You will then need to certify that the report is submitted by the “Certify By Date.”