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    Three different inspectors have come on four different days using the same complaint number (from a month ago) to try to find more. What do lawyers call this?

    And this morning, I made the inspector call into the DOB to see if she could understand the person who answered. She could not. We left yet another message. 5th this week for me. What are my options?
    At what point does this “procedure” become harassment?
    The original subject complaint had nothing to do with the violations I received.

    As a side note – she said that last week she, “might have missed something!” As if. . . .
    Jeeeeeezz!

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      So this may be old news or new news, but I thought I’d share it anyway. The DOB is now leaving RED printed notices Taped to your door (hit and run style) that state ” Failure to comply with this notice may result in the department obtaining an access warrant authorizing the inspection of the premises.”
      My neighbor received a violation for his tree house, of all things, NOT the subject of the original complaint, which was bogus besides.
      If they get in they will find anything to site you. If they don’t get in, and there is an anonymous complaint they will now get a warrant.
      Does this sound Right!? or are they really short of cash these days.

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        I need some serious advice and direction – after this brief rant!
        I stupidly let a DOB inspector into my basement (I know!) on a bogus work without a permit complaint (yes, I have an enemy in my house-long story) but I had nothing to hid, or so I thought. When we bought the house from a “contractor/developer” whatever work was in progress was stopped, “duh, I’m dumping the house”, I get that part. “Developer” does it by the books, permits? yes, we checked. Inspections – OK, Bank – OK, DOB (as far as I know) – OK! Years later now I have someone elses (“developer”) unfinished business as my violation. No one is truely honest any more.

        The Inspector was also on a fishing trip and sited all sorts of things that have been a certain way for years, so someone sent them on a mission and I let the enemy into my house. I cannot tell you how angry this makes me and how stupid I feel. So beware. Lesson learned.

        So, can anyone clue me in on what I do now? I’m just a normal schmo. Some of the things I can fix myself, some of the things I will need someone professional, so that’s all OK (sort of) Its the “get a permit” to finish work that may or may not be legal part that I need the most advice on.
        Do I need an architect, an engineer, a permit pulling person? who?
        Thanks!

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          I was just cited for not having walls around a kitchenette. I am trying to put a 9′ long counter against a wall 20′ to the interior adjacent to the living rm. So if i enclose it, i need to keep it less than 59 S.F.? due to lack of a window…and i also need a 5′ wide circulation space for HC access…just wondering if there is anyway around all this. The plumbing is done so they are not moving it.

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            This weekend my husband and I looked at a house that isn’t finished, along with an architect and contractor who are going to give us an estimate of the work that needs to be done on the place.

            I also talked to a relative of mine who is a building inspector in a different state. She said she’d be be happy to look over all the corrections that the DOB needs, but I don’t know what that is – or where to find it. Thanks for any help you can give.

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              I live near a city college and have been living with noise on the weekends off and on for months. We understand that this is a NYS Dormitory Authority project and that weekend permits and after hours work permits are not issued by the NYC Dept of Buildings, but by perhaps the NYS Dept of Labor. Does anyone have experience complaining about after hours and weekend permits for CUNY projects? I’m at a loss.

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                Hi Everyone,
                I’m a long time lurker and a first time poster. This is a great community with some tremendous knowledge in everything real estate. Thanks in advance for any guidance that anyone can give me.
                I’m doing a complete rehabilitation of a property (not a brownstone) in Brooklyn. I hired an architect that drew up plans and filed the project as a Type 2 Alteration. The job was subsequently approved by the DOB. After starting the work, my contractor discovered that the house has no underpinnings. I hired a PE that drew up plans for underpinnings and while we’re at it we decided to draw up plans to lengthen the cellar to the entire length of the house. The old cellar was about 10′ shorter than the length of the house. My question to all the experts out there is; can the PE plans be filed as a post approval amendment or do they need to be filed as a new application including a new TR1? My expeditor is telling me that he will find out from the DOB how it should be filed but I figured some of the experts here might point me in the right direction. Again, thanks for advice and guidance in advance.

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                  Hi… this a is a slight follow-up to an earlier post… I know the fence height cannot exceed 6′ without a permit.

                  The fence I have is 6′ but sits atop a retaining wall that is a foot wide and 2 feet high at one end (the end that meets @ the sidewalk).

                  So the total height of the “fence” (in the front) is roughly 8′. There’s a DOB violation on it, but I’m not sure if I can use this as a defense.
                  Any thoughts?