Local Law No. 55 for the City of New York - Indoor Allergen Hazards
Local Law 55 of 2018 becomes effective January 19, 2019 in all five boroughs of New York City, and requires owners of multi-dwelling rental housing to inspect these dwelling units for indoor allergen hazards. It further requires owners to maintain conditions in these housing units to ensure that common areas are free of indoor allergen hazards and conditions conducive to indoor allergen hazards, to prevent the occurrence of any such conditions, and to remediate all such conditions and underlying defects.
Landlords have additional obligations under the law, which include:
- Perform annual inspections in each dwelling unit and common area of the building;
- Provide an annual notice and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) pamphlet to prospective and current tenants at the time of lease renewal that informs the household of the owner’s obligation to do the following:
- a required annual inspection of each dwelling unit; and
- remediate mold, pests, and underlying conditions that cause mold and attract pests.
- Provide tenant notification in dwelling unit leases advising tenants of owner obligations and tenant rights under this law.
- Use integrated pest management to address pest infestations, and prescribed work practices to fix mold and underlying defects (such as leaks);
- Perform mold, pest, and underlying defect remediation along with thorough cleaning of any owner-provided carpeting or furniture before a new tenant moves into an apartment.
Mold Remediation and Violation Clearance
Under Local Law 55, some of the required work practices to remediate mold includes:
- Investigate and correct any underlying defect, including moisture or leak conditions.
- Minimize the dispersion of dust and debris from the work area to other parts of the dwelling unit.
- Use HEPA vacuum-shrouded tools or a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter at the point of dust generation.
- Clean fungal impact with soap or detergent and water.
- Clean any remaining visible dust from the work area using wet cleaning methods or HEPA vacuuming.
When submitting certifications for mold violations, a Certification of Correction for Mold must be submitted. When submitting documentation for violation clearance after the certification period has passed, the Affidavit of Mold Assessment and Remediation with the appropriate supporting documentation must also be submitted.
If you have any questions regarding Local Law No. 55, please contact Robert Leighton, CIH, CSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.