The window in my nyc bedroom is conected to a long narrow shaft. Is this legal? there is no air circulation or ventalation in the room.

Asked by Sick In Nyc, 10025 Mon May 21, 2012

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:

Answers

14
Ron Zucher, Agent, New York, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
can you please give me the landlords name and number via my e-mail at ronz@plazagroupnyc.com only! ( do not write it here). i will contact him on your behalf and try to help you in anyway i can.
0 votes
Sick In Nyc, Renter, 10025
Tue May 22, 2012
All ready done! I contacted the health dept and I received a letter of acknowledgement and it states that the land lord has been notified. Also an inspector will be contacting me to schedule an air quality test. Yes! It was too good to be true but still an expensive apt...
0 votes
Nick Rafello, Agent, New York, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
Yes, Dom Pascual is absolutely right. First off, he cannot evict you just like that. It's a very LONG process and tenants have a lot of rights here in the big bad city. But since you are not comfortable, nor were you told of the issues in the apartment just go, walk away. Keep in mind when looking for the next apartment, "if it seems to good to be true, it usually is."
0 votes
Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
Any issues with landlords call 311 to make a complaint. http://cityamicus.com/group/nyc-311


--
Thank you!

DOM PASCUAL, J.D., ESQ.
ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE BROKER
Demsker Realty
"Your Experts in NYC Luxury Apartments & Lofts"
304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Cell: (631) 741-2764
E-mail: dompascual@gmail.com
Company Website: http://demskerrealty.com/
Blog: http://dompascual.wordpress.com/
Listings: http://dompascual.postlets.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dompascualesq
Facebook Profiles: Dom Pascual; Manhattan Broker

** All information contained herein does not constitute any warranties, offer or commitment or obligation of any sort and/or kind whatsoever and is subject to change, error, omission and/or withdrawal without prior notice. **
0 votes
Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
Call 311 ask for an HPD Inspector. HPD is the Department of Housing Preservation & Development. I used to be a municipal city attorney. They will deal with it pronto.


--
Thank you!

DOM PASCUAL, J.D., ESQ.
ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE BROKER
Demsker Realty
"Your Experts in NYC Luxury Apartments & Lofts"
304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Cell: (631) 741-2764
E-mail: dompascual@gmail.com
Company Website: http://demskerrealty.com/
Blog: http://dompascual.wordpress.com/
Listings: http://dompascual.postlets.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dompascualesq
Facebook Profiles: Dom Pascual; Manhattan Broker

** All information contained herein does not constitute any warranties, offer or commitment or obligation of any sort and/or kind whatsoever and is subject to change, error, omission and/or withdrawal without prior notice. **
0 votes
Sick In Nyc, Renter, 10025
Tue May 22, 2012
Thank you to everyone for your help. I am moving out this month but if this is truely a health hazard I want to make sure no one has to deal with what Ive delt with. The owner of this building is not a reasonable man and because of my concern for this matter he has been especially cruel and went as far as saying that I was evicted. There is no grounds for eviction but said it to scare me. I lived there for two months and I just wish I knew the conditions of the apt before moving in. The staff gave me the set backs of the apt after I moved in not while I was talking to them at the time I first viewed it. Go figuare...
0 votes
Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
For an accurate answer you really should be asking the question to the local building's department...
0 votes
Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
Call 311 if you want an HPD inspector to come by.


--
Thank you!

DOM PASCUAL, J.D., ESQ.
ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE BROKER
Demsker Realty
"Your Experts in NYC Luxury Apartments & Lofts"
304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Cell: (631) 741-2764
E-mail: dompascual@gmail.com
Company Website: http://demskerrealty.com/
Blog: http://dompascual.wordpress.com/
Listings: http://dompascual.postlets.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dompascualesq
Facebook Profiles: Dom Pascual; Manhattan Broker

** All information contained herein does not constitute any warranties, offer or commitment or obligation of any sort and/or kind whatsoever and is subject to change, error, omission and/or withdrawal without prior notice. **
0 votes
Nick Rafello, Agent, New York, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
If there is a health hazard in any way, your landlord will have to rectify the problem. However, I"d probably consider finding a new apartment. I'm sure your current rent is reasonable amungst most, but this is obviously the reason. Sorry for your inconvenience.
0 votes
Jacques Ambr…, Agent, Forest Hills, NY
Tue May 22, 2012
You can always contact DHCR. They may be able to clarify your situation
0 votes
Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Mon May 21, 2012
That building was design in accordance with all zoning laws of NYC. It is completely and 100% legal.

"Old Law Tenements are tenements built in New York City after the Tenement House Act of 1879 and before the New York State Tenement House Act of 1901.

The 1879 law required that every inhabitable room have a window opening to plain air, a requirement that was met by including air shafts between adjacent buildings. Old Law Tenements are commonly called "dumbbell tenements" after the shape of the building footprint: the air shaft gives each tenement the narrow-waisted shape of a dumbbell, wide facing the street and backyard, narrowed in between to create the air corridor. They were built in great numbers to accommodate waves of immigrating Europeans from troubled nations. The side streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side are lined with dumbbell structures.

The 1879 Act was a response to the failure of the 1867 Tenement House Act which merely required a window in each room. Without air shafts, the 1867 requirement failed to increase natural light or fresh air ventilation in the crowded tenement "dark bedroom."

--
Thank you!

DOM PASCUAL, J.D., ESQ.
ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE BROKER
Demsker Realty
"Your Experts in NYC Luxury Apartments & Lofts"
304 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Cell: (631) 741-2764
E-mail: dompascual@gmail.com
Join my social network: http://cityamicus.com
Company Website: http://demskerrealty.com/
Blog: http://dompascual.wordpress.com/
Listings: http://dompascual.postlets.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dompascualesq
Facebook Profiles: Dom Pascual; Manhattan Broker

** All information contained herein does not constitute any warranties, offer or commitment or obligation of any sort and/or kind whatsoever and is subject to change, error, omission and/or withdrawal without prior notice. **
0 votes
Early builders made bedrooms without windows, this was a huge step-up 100 years ago.
Flag Mon May 21, 2012
Sick In Nyc, Renter, 10025
Mon May 21, 2012
I forgot to mention that this apt use to be one large Apt. He split it up to three separate units.
0 votes
Now that sounds suspicious. Call 311 but you could be homeless if deemed unfit.
Flag Tue May 22, 2012
Sick In Nyc, Renter, 10025
Mon May 21, 2012
It's a prewar building. It has two windows attached to the shaft. The shaft is 5 1/2 x 4ft. If my front door is closed a small amount of air is sucked out but no air pushed in. If I open my bedroom door I could feel a slight draft. There is a pizzaria directly under me and I could smell their greece vent through the floor of the shaft and often times smells up the entire apartment. I feel sick in my room especially when my only source of air is through my Airconditioning unit that is connected to this shaft... FYI I'm on the bottom of the shaft and there is 12 floors of shaft. I was told that the above neibors use this Shaft for their dryers. So I am inhaling the lint plus what I think is mold growing from the decrepit floor of the shaft... Hope this info helps... Thank you so much!!!!! Lastly, do u think the health department will deem this bedroom a health hazard? I spoke to them and they r coming to do an air test this week.
0 votes
Nick Rafello, Agent, New York, NY
Mon May 21, 2012
How old is the building? Do you have any other windows in the bedroom?
0 votes
Search Advice
Search
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more