Landlords can prevent failed inspections by providing access to all public areas of the building on the inspection date. Any failures in the public areas – including no access to inspect the building’s heating system– will result in a failure and/or violation and cause any subsidized apartment inspected on or after that day to fail the HQS Inspection until the failure and/or violation is validly certified or closed.
If a unit fails a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection, the tenant and owner will be notified of what specific HQS Failures were found, and whether the failures are the responsibility of the owner or the tenant to correct. The owner is not responsible for tenant-caused breaches of HQS. If a tenant fails to correct an HQS violation, they risk losing their subsidy.
Correcting an Owner Caused Failure
Owners may self-certify the correction of Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Failures. Timelines for clearing up HQS Failures and/or violations of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code (HMC) or the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) may be different. In order to satisfy all requirements, the condition must be corrected by the earliest correction date appearing on the notice, and certified as corrected by the earliest certification date appearing on the notice.
If an owner fails to correct HQS violations within the required timeframe, HPD will abate the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) until the violations are corrected. HQS violations may result in the termination, suspension or reduction of HAP, or the termination of the HAP contract.
All Notices of Violation(s)/HQS Failure(s) that result from the inspection will be sent to the managing agent indicated on the most recent valid HPD Property Registration. It is your responsibility to be validly registered under NYC law.
Owners can register:
Register a building using HPD's Property Registration Online System (PROS).
Send a message to HQS@hpd.nyc.gov.