2013-08-02 / Top Stories

Ulrich Introduces Bill To Clean Up Mold

Nine months after Hurricane Sandy, mold continues to be an issue, especially in homes that have been abandoned or foreclosed. Many residents have expressed concerns over their health due to mold growth in neighboring properties that have gone untouched since the storm. To help address this issue, City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich and two other members from Staten Island have introduced legislation, Intro. 1119, that addresses these dangerous mold conditions inside and outside of homes.

Mold growth in abandoned or foreclosed homes may be a public health and safety threat for surrounding homes. “These homes are a public nuisance and blight on our communities. You don’t have to be a scientist or medical doctor to know how dangerous and unhealthy mold can be,” Ulrich said in a media release.

Current law doesn’t allow the Department of Health to address mold issues. If the legislation passes, the New York City Department of Health would be authorized to inspect these properties and issue notices of violation. The legislation would hold the property owner accountable as they would have to address the violation within a set period of time. If they fail to do so, the Department of Health would carry out the mold remediation and the owner or bank responsible for the property would be given a bill for the task.

“I am optimistic that this legislation will force the banks and absentee landlords to take responsibility for these properties once and for all,” Ulrich said. Councilman James Oddo and Councilman Vincent Ignizio of Staten Island also presented Intro. 1119 with Ulrich.

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