Certificate of Occupancy

On October 21st, 2016 New York Governor Cuomo signed the bill 8704-C into law, imposing fines for the advertisement of illegal short term transient occupancies. Referred to as the “Airbnb Bill,” the bill does not target Airbnb specifically, nor does it make Airbnb’s services illegal. The use of a Class A residential dwelling for a duration of less than 30 days already violates the Multiple Dwelling Law of 1929. (more...)

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Obtaining a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) is perhaps the most critical stage of the filing process for change of use projects. Without a TCO a building is not legally habitable. Many factors can prevent the acquisition of a TCO. The most critical, and often the most overlooked, is the signing off open applications with life safety work types.

The New York City Department of Buildings cannot issue a new TCO if a building has open applications with life safety work types. (more...)

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