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ECB/OATH Violations Correction Have you recently had an OATH or ECB violation? If you have, you might be surprised to find out that it will show up on your property title search. If you aren’t sure if you have any open ECB/OATH violations, you can check New York City’s Building Information System.

Understanding ECB and OATH

  • ECB– ECB stands for Environmental Control Board, and it is often used interchangeably with OATH to describe building violations.
  • OATH– The acronym OATH stands for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. When you receive an OATH violation, you’ll also receive a summons and a hearing date.

ECB/Oath Violations Corrections

In order to correct ECB/OATH violations, it requires three steps.

1. You Must Correct the Violation

The first step to correcting a Department of Building violation is always correcting the violation. This means that if your plumbing system is not up to code or you have an illegal basement conversion, you must correct it using the appropriately licensed contractors in NYC. Depending on the severity of the violation and the systems it affects, you may have to hire a licensed master plumber, like John Farr, a contractor and even a structural engineer in order to make sure the unsafe condition is corrected and your building is brought up to code.

2. You Must Submit the Paperwork

Once the violation is corrected, you must submit the appropriate paperwork with proof that the correction was made. This can include pictures. The good news is that your licensed master plumber, architect or other professional contractor that you’ve hired can help you fill out the paperwork and supply any before or after pictures that may be needed along with a description of the repair and how the repair was corrected.

3. You Must Attend Your Hearing and Pay any Fines

The good news is that an OATH court hearing is not a criminal hearing. It is a civil hearing. However, you must still attend or authorize someone to attend for you. If you fail to attend, you could be subject to additional fines and penalties. During this hearing, you can again show proof that you’ve corrected the violation. If you haven’t corrected the violation by the hearing date, you need to be prepared to show that you are preparing to fix the violation. Your other option is to contest the violation and bring proof to show that your building is within the applicable building codes of NYC.

If you need a master licensed plumbing to correct water line and/or gas line violations in your NYC building, including Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, give John Farr a call today. He can even handle the most serious violations that require repairs within 24 hours.

To get your ECB/OATH violations corrected, illegal basement violation, gas company violation, gas boiler violation or any Plumbing building violations in NYC removed, call John Farr at 917-324-2535.