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Is it illegal for my landlord to use uncertified contractors?

Posted by Polly on October 30, 1998 at 19:47:00:

Over the past 5+ years the owner of my building (14 apartments - IMD)
has hired contractors, handymen, etc. who it appears are not
properly licensed and, in many cases, seem to be undocumented aliens.
Some of the work performed is good, some ridiculously bad. Sometimes
the DOB paperwork is in line; other times it is non-existent. If anyone
has info as to what qualifications are required for superintendents,
plumbers, etc. please reply. Also: If anyone knows what agency to contact
and what the upshot of "blowing the whistle" is, then please reply.
(The big conundrum for the residents is that there is a lot of work that
needs to be done in our building -- code compliance work to bring it up to
speed to get a residential C/O plus deferred maintenance from when the
owner bought the building almost 20 years ago -- so: do we just shut up and
hope the work is being done properly (ie: with our safety in mind) or do
we hold the owner to some sort of standard (ie: minimums as set down
by laws / regs)? All the tenants have stayed on for nearly 20 years through
no heat, no elevator, threats, law suits, rent strikes, court cases, etc.
and we hope to make this building our homes for the next 20-30 years.
We have attorneys so that isn't the advice we're looking for -- we're 5
steps beyond that one -- we try to gather as much info and do as much
research as we can on our own to share with our attorneys. Otherwise
the legal fees would kill us (We're already up to 50K + over the past 10
years) The only other option we have (if we don't continue the fight) is
to pack it in and leave NY. WON'T do that. Thanks for any help.
up and
with them to keep our costs down. This site is helpful for that.

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