As a reminder, residential property owners throughout the five boroughs are required to annually register their buildings with the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
Owners of multi-family buildings with three or more residential units, regardless of whether or not you live at the property, must register your properties with HPD no later than September 1, 2021.
wners are subject to civil penalties of $250-$500 if you do not complete building registrations. Additionally, owners will be ineligible to certify any other pending violations, request a Code Violation Dismissal, initiate a court action to recover possession of the premises for non-payment of rent, receive notices of complaints, and receive opportunities to resolve issues before fines are distributed.
Registering properties with HPD is a simple process. Building owners are first required to complete an HPD form that should have been mailed to you by now. If you are signed up for email notifications through HPD, you should have also received an email with regard to property registration. Owners may complete this online form, print it, and mail it to HPD.
Second, owners are required to pay a $13 registration fee, which is paid through the City’s Department of Finance (DOF). Although owners have the option of paying the fee immediately through DOF, you also have the option of allowing the fee to be added to your next tax bill following the completion of the property registration.
The easiest way to complete a registration form is by using HPD’s Property Registration Online System (PROS), which can be found by visiting http://on.nyc.gov/1nJZl2V. Through the online system, which is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Korean, owners or property managers can:
• Update registration forms annually or as changes occur (you still need to print, sign and mail)
• Create new property registrations if it is your first time registering properties through HPD
• Review and print your building’s registration history and any submitted forms
• Receive electronic notifications when forms are accepted or rejected
• A direct link to DOF for payment of the property registration fee
As a reminder, building owners are now required to indicate their compliance with certain requirements of Local Law 1 of 2004, the City’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention law, as a part of the annual property registration process. Such requirements include whether or not you provided your tenants with required lead-based paint Annual Notices, or whether appropriate inspections for lead-based paint hazards have been conducted in dwelling units where a child under six resides.
If you have not yet complied with the notice requirements for 2021, it is important that you contact an RSA counselor immediately to discuss completing your 2021 RSA Annual Safety Notices. You will not be able to properly fill out your annual property registration if you have not complied with the notice requirements. To speak to an RSA counselor, please contact (212) 214-9200.
To learn more about Property Registration, you can go to HPD’s website.