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In January 2018, rising asthma cases in New York City prompted the NYC Council to pass Local Law 55: Asthma-Free Housing Act, or the Indoor Allergen Hazards Law.
The purpose of Local Law 55 is to remove indoor allergen hazards that trigger asthma to:
Read on and find out more about Local Law 55.
Below is an overview of the article:
Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition affecting many New York City residents. It is a lung disease that affects the airways of the lungs. The airways are where the air goes in and out when you breathe. Inhaling asthma triggers cause irritation and inflammation. It then narrows the airways and causes breathing difficulties.
Asthma is a manageable yet severe lung disease. One of the primary ways to manage asthma is to improve Indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ is the quality of air inside structures. It refers to how the air relates to the health and comfort of those residing there.
Local Law 55 aims to improve indoor air quality by removing indoor allergen hazards in NYC residential properties.
Indoor allergen hazards are substances that cause asthma attacks or worsen asthma symptoms. Local Law 55’s list of common indoor allergen hazards in New York City are:
Local Law 55 of 2018 Indoor Allergen Hazards Law passed by the New York City Council sought to improve indoor air quality and required landlords:
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Department of Buildings (DOB) actively enforce this local law. Penalties, including fees and costly property remediation, are imposed on violators.
Integrated Pest Management or IPM is the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended pest management approach. It is a practical, environmentally sensitive approach using the most economical means to protect people, property, and the environment from hazards.
Safety is the top concern in mold remediation in NYC. Guidelines are available to protect people, property, and the environment from mold exposure and other hazards such as asbestos and lead. So, remediation must comply with Local Law 55 standard procedures for indoor environmental hazards.
There are two categories of property owners mandated to follow Local Law 55:
Landlords under the said categories have mandated responsibilities under Local Law 55. Their tenants have responsibilities as well.
Both property owners and tenants are mandated by Local Law 55 to manage any indoor allergen hazard issues. Their responsibilities are as follows:
Property owners must use integrated pest management practices (IPM).
Below is the list of IPM practices under Local Law 55
Indoor mold must be safely removed by:
For cleaning moldy areas with an area measuring 10 square feet or less with less than 10 apartments:
If moldy areas are 10 square feet or more in a building with 10 or more apartments:
Those with three or more apartments must:
According to Local Law 55, tenants are co-responsible for keeping their dwelling unit and building safe for people with asthma. Their tasks include:
NYC HPD and DOB are actively enforcing Local Law 55. These agencies are mandated to act immediately on tenants’ complaints. Here is a rundown of steps that happens when tenants report violations:
NYC will impose penalty fees according to the severity of the violation. It can run from 10 to 125 dollars per day to a maximum of 10,000 dollars.
When violations are not corrected within the specified time on the Notice of Violation or through eCertification, upgrading of violations will be as follows:
Only the registered property owner or the registered party responsible for the property may certify the correction of violations. Check out the HPD site and links for more information.
Asthma is a serious yet manageable condition. Indoor allergen hazard removal in NYC residential properties, namely: mold, mice, rats, and cockroaches, will help lessen asthma cases in the city.
Safe removal of pests through integrated pest management (IPM) and indoor mold, with the diligence of property owners and tenants, will help reduce asthma incidence. So, NYC landlords and residents need to have easy access to information and help in remediation.
Call for licensed professional pest exterminators and mold removal experts in your area for speedy correction of Local Law 55 violations.
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