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Old 11-02-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Has anyone on this site had to deal with the city of New York? I have a brownstone in Brooklyn and want to split the apartments on two floors. The contractor I've been talking to about doing the job is telling me to let him start the job and then contact the permit department. he says they may give me a fine, but will not stop the work. If I apply for the permit first they may not allow me to make the changes I want to make.

I know he just wants to make his money and get out, but does anyone here have any experience with NYC building and renovation problems?
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:09 PM   #2
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togi1 -

Don't let him start without a permit. In your location, you eventually will have to show a permit.

If there is a problem, it is yours and you cannot escape because it is your project. The contractor can just walk away. The contractor would like to collect money from you and the have an inspector show up before he did a thing, so he could just skip. Do you think you would have an easy time getting anything out of the contractor if your project was illegal(no permit)?

Do it the right way, especially since it is an apartment and the tennant has rights.

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I, myself, would not consider starting a job without a permit.

What happens if you make the changes, and the city says you can't, and you have to change them back? This could be a costly mistake. There is a possibilty the changes you want aren't going to fly with the city or you wouldn't have the comment "If I apply for the permit first they may not allow me to make the changes I want to make," in your post.

Scarrrry! Get the permit.
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Hey did you start yet? Be careful, Don't start without the permit, My Brother did that in Park Slope and the city sued him for 5 million dollars, in 1987, all because he did not have the permit in the window, He won his case, because he had the permit just not visible, careful.
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well as they say, it's easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission...

but then again, it ain't the contractor taking any risk, he'll get paid either way...

heed everyone's advice above.
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Hey here s the web sit for the DOB in NYC.. The dept, Of Buildings http://home2.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/a..._permits.shtml

The guy next door to me in the attached to me gutted his whole house and renovated it without a permit, he did not get caught and I did not report him ,although I should, because he has comprimised the integrity of my home now and it shakes everytime a truck or bus, hits the manhole in front of my house.

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