What is an AEUHAZ1?
The DOB has doubled the AEUHAZ1 fine to $3,000 (minimum).
This new rule applies to AEUHAZ1 violations issued on or after October 3rd, 2020.
AEUHAZ1 violations are administratively (i.e. automatically) issued for failing to correct Class 1 “immediately hazardous” DOB-OATH violations. They’re typically issued within 60-75 days after the initial Class 1 violation is issued. In the past, they’ve carried a $1,500 financial penalty, but a new rule doubled fines to $3,000, with a maximum penalty of $5,000.
- Resolving an AEUHAZ1 violation will not affect the initial DOB-ECB violation, which has its own requirements to close, and its applicable fine.
Additionally, the new rule outlines that “No permit or certificate of occupancy shall be issued and no stop work order may be rescinded at the property until such penalty is paid to the department.”
The tricky part about AEUHAZ1 violations is that they’re issued to building owners, not the named respondent on the original Class 1 violation. That means if a tenant or a visiting vendor gets a violation at a building, and it goes uncorrected (meaning a Certificate of Correction isn’t filed in a timely manner), the building owner will be on the hook for a $3,000 – $5,000 penalty from the city.
If you’re a SiteCompli or InCheck user, you’ll see both DOB-OATH violations and AEUHAZ1 violations for your entire portfolio in your account. Make sure Certificates of Correction are submitted online to the DOB as soon as possible to avoid these administrative fines.
Correcting an AEUHAZ1 violation
To pay an Immediately Hazardous civil penalty, log into eFiling, select Express Cashier Payments and Hazardous Violation Fees. Payment can be made by eCheck or credit card, which includes a 2% service charge. In-person payments will no longer be accepted. A copy of the receipt must be submitted with a Certificate of Correction request.