Program puts landlords on notice to fix violations

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THE BRONX -
In dozens of Bronx buildings facing a variety of issues, the Alternative Enforcement Program is attempting to warn their building owners to clean up their act.
 
Among those buildings facing problems is 1133 Boston Road, where tenants say they are dealing with a lack of hot water and heat and rodent infestations, among other things.
 
Complaints have continued to pile up on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development website. News 12 found the Boston Road building has lead paint violations from this year and rodent infestation issues dating back to 2017.
 
Some 48 other buildings in the Bronx in the Alternative Enforcement Program have similar problems.
 
"When they are in the program, they have four months to get out. So, the owners were notified,  and what we do is they have to pay $1,000 for a dismissal request inspection," says Nichols DeMarco, of the HPD.
 
The AEP list comes out every year on Jan. 31. Someone gets a spot on the infamous roster based on violation counts or money owed to the city due to emergency repairs.
 
During inspections, HPD makes sure 100 percent of the heat and hot water is working and 80 percent of the mold and vermin situation is under control.
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