CODE VIOLATIONS

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FYI: City Councilmember Gale Brewer introduced legislation yesterday seeking to beef up enforcement of the city’s housing code by stiffening oversight agencies’ mandate for documenting violations. The bill would force the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to respond in writing within 10 days to any tenants association request for a building-wide inspection, though it would not require that HPD grant the request. Once inspections are conducted, HPD would have to record all violations, regardless of whether they fall under its jurisdiction, and forward them to the appropriate agencies. [4/24/03]