Dealing with ECB and OATH Violations

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Do you know what an OATH or ECB violation is? If you’re not familiar with these acronyms, they stand for Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and Environmental Control Board (ECB). The truth is that whether it’s called an OATH violation or an ECB violation, they both mean the same thing. Your building violates the current building codes and must be repaired by a licensed, qualified contractor.

Understanding How Your ECB/OATH Violation Happened

The truth is that someone probably made a phone call to the NYC Department of Buildings after noticing a hazardous situation with your building. The hazardous situation could have been due to broken gas appliances, like heaters, boilers, stoves and fireplaces or busted water pipes that are leading to low water pressure, water damage and mold. Your violation could also be due to someone noticing an individual or family living in a basement or attic that has been improperly renovated or can’t legally be used as a dwelling.

In fact, the NYC Department of Buildings has a list that current and future tenants can look at in order to help them decide if the place they are renting or are thinking about renting is legal. Some telltale signs that the unit may be illegal include:

  • Having electricity provided by extension cords
  • Bedrooms do not have windows
  • The entrance door lock is a padlock
  • There are no exits that lead directly outside
  • There are no fire or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Plumbing fixtures are in the wrong location (like a toilet or shower in the kitchen)

What to Do When You Receive Your ECB/OATH Violation

When you receive your ECB/OATH violation, there are several things you need to do, including:

1. Contact the appropriate licensed professional and have the violation corrected.
2. Submit the correct paperwork to the NYC Department of Buildings. The form you need is the Certificate of Correction, and it can be obtained at the DOB NOW website.
3. Attend the hearing and pay any fines related to your ECB/OATH violation. You may also be able to send someone in your place if you cannot attend at the stated date and time.

Hiring John Farr to Correct Your ECB/OATH Violations for Plumbing Systems

If your OATH/ECB violation is related to plumbing systems, either gas or water, contact John Farr today. He is a licensed master plumber with more than 30 years of experience in correcting violations that have to do with plumbing systems and gas pipes. He will work with you and the NYC Department of Buildings to make sure that all the applicable permits are pulled and that the repair is made in accordance with all current NYC building codes.

To talk to John Farr about your ECB/OATH violation,

Also, to get your HPD, 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.

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