New York City enforces its building and construction codes through its Department of Buildings (DOB). The DOB sends a notice of violation, requires you to fix the violation, and assesses a large fine. Fines quickly stack up, mounting to tens of thousands of dollars and even more. If you want to challenge the violation at a hearing in front of OATH/ECB, it seems as though the deck is already stacked against you.
This isn’t right. The Constitution requires that governments provide fair and neutral hearings to evaluate whether you should be held responsible for a violation. The Constitution also prevents governments from imposing excessive fines. New York City is ignoring these obligations, and we’re fighting back.
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