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Re: Garbage in entry way-Illegal??? YES

Posted by Anna on July 21, 1999 at 16:03:33:

In Reply to: Garbage in entry way-Illegal??? posted by B. Rivera on July 20, 1999 at 14:41:00:

: Every day in my front entry way hallway (the way out) there is garbage piled up at the bottom of the stairway. The landlord is not on sight. He comes in the morning to take the garbage outside but it sits there all night. He is very nasty about it. The building does have a basement. Should he be taking the garbage down to the basement? Is it a fire hazard to have garbage blocking an entry way?

It is a violation of: the Fire Code (blocking fire egress), the Health Code (health / vermin hazard), the Sanitation Code (rules about how when & where garbage can be stored), the Housing Maintenance Code (blocked fire egree), other NYC & NYS codes... + common sense, etc etc. You can find the HMC on TenantNet: probably in the Fire Safety and/or stairway section:

Fire Code: not online: call your local firehouse for an inspection.

HMC is enforced by HPD: 960-4800 (commonly remembered as the heat complaint number: good for all HMC violations: make a list before you call or is garbage the only problem?). Website: NYC; agency = HPD.

Sanitation Code: on their website, on the NYC website.

Also visit the Health dept's website on the NYC site: call in a rat problem.

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