Real Estate Journal — ODM — Contractors/Subcontractors — June 22 - July 12, 2018 — 17B


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o all property own- ers, managers, facili- ties & maintenance Indoor Asthma Allergen Hazards in Residential Dwellings and Pest Management IAW/MOLD Local LawNo. 55 of 2018 of NewYork City is going live 1/18/19 ARE YOU READY? T

Don’t let mold issues oc- cur! If they do, address long before they become 10 s/f or greater, (MUCH Less Regu- lated). If 10 s/f or greater, make sure either full time in house staff with some training does the work, OR if using a third-party contrac- tor MAKE sure they have all the proper NY State mold certifications and licensees (Assessor, Supervisor, Work- er…) to do mold remediation. Secondly, begin to get several staff members familiar with NY State Mold Regulations and consider training one

super and a few workers just in case. Identify before it’s needed, since violations have a time clock for correction, a NYSMold Assessor and NYS Mold Remediator that you are comfortable with. We still have months be- fore Local Law 55 of the City of New York, known as NYC Indoor Asthma an allergen hazards and Pest manage- ment in Residential Build- ings Law becomes effective and enforceable, so survey properties today and prior to 1/18/19 to address all current moisture intrusion and mold

discolorations. Since mold is an ever changing natural oc- currence and since moisture events can happen at any given time, a diligent and properly implemented mois- ture intrusion/ mold opera- tions and maintenance plan will prove invaluable and may be a major money saver once this New York City law takes effect early next year. LeeWasserman, founder of LEW Corporation (Est. 1992), is a nationally rec- ognized industry leader who specializes in Envi- ronmental microbial and

lead-based paint issues. Leehas beenquotedor has been interviewed by vari- ous media platforms, such as The New York Times and is most proud of be- ing author of the Institute for Real Estate Manager’s (IREM), “MOLD-What Ev- ery Property Manager Needs to Know” (2011). He has been named in the acknowledgements of the 2012 HUD Guidelines and has represented hundreds of property owners in their tenant vs. landlord disputes. 

p e r s o n a l , architects, engineers , and all oth- ers involved in the man- a g e m e n t and main- tenance of a NYC prop-

Lee Wasserman

erty, guess what? In the beginning of January 2019, NYC has passed and will enforce Local Law #55 of 2018: NYC’s Indoor Asthma and Allergen Hazards & Pest Management in Residential Dwellings. You need to pay attention to this law and its compliance requirements. If you don’t, there is a very strong chance of becoming the target of nu- merous tenant complaints, HPD/DOH violations, and several other headaches, fol- lowed by potential personal by injury litigation. So not to reinvent the wheel, while simultaneously addressing in-door allergens (Mold) and pest infiltration, the city council has mimicked Local Law #55 of 2018 after a predecessor regulation, NYC Local Law 1 of 2004, “Lead Paint.” The requirements include responsibilities, such as, owner’s responsibility to remediate, owner’s responsi- bility to notify occupants and to investigate, explanation of violation for visible mold and pests, removal of asthma triggers in a dwelling unit upon turnover, department inspections, integrated pest management practices, work practices; HPD & DOH will establish the work practice rules, reporting, and waiver of benefit void. As part of this new regula- tion, other regulations had to be amended, such as Chapter 1 of Title 17 of the Admin- istrative code of the city of New York by adding several new sections that explain the encouragement of physician referrals for indoor allergen hazards, investigations of indoor allergen hazards in dwellings of persons with medically diagnosed moder- ate persistent asthma, edu- cation about Indoor Allergen Hazards and inspection by the department for unsafe work practices.

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