How to Respond to DOB's Increased Balcony Maintenance Scrutiny

In the June 2010 issue, we wrote about the Department of Building's (DOB) increased attention to apartment balconies in New York City after the March death of a tenant who fell from a faulty 24th-floor terrace on East 39th Street. At the time of the announcement, DOB had declared the balconies of 16 city apartment buildings to be off-limits and that hundreds more lacked proper inspections (“In the News: DOB Appoints New Enforcement Official, Initiates Sweeping Balcony Inspections,” Insider, June 2010, p. 1).

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