Stove Knob Covers HPD

HPD Stove Knob Covers

 

§ 27-2046.4 Stovetop protection.
 
Editor's note: this section has been amended by L.L. 2022/044, 1/15/2022, eff. 7/14/2022. For related unconsolidated provisions, see Appendix A at L.L. 2022/044.
 
   a.   An owner of a unit in a multiple dwelling, other than a dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling owned as a condominium or cooperative and used as the primary residence of such owner, shall provide stove knob covers for each knob located on the front of each gas-powered stove to tenants in each dwelling unit in which the owner knows or reasonably should know a child under six years of age resides, except where such owner has documented proof that there is no available stove knob cover that is compatible with the knobs on such stove. Such stove knob covers shall be made available within thirty days of such owner providing the notice required in subdivision b of this section unless such owner has previously made such stove knob covers available to the tenant and the tenant has not requested a replacement.
 
   b.   1.   Such owner shall provide an annual notice to each tenant of a unit regarding the owner’s obligation to provide stove knob covers pursuant to subdivision a of this section. Such notice shall inform the tenant of his or her option to refuse stove knob covers.
 
      2.   Upon being provided with such notice, a tenant may notify such owner, in writing, that such tenant refuses stove knob covers. If the tenant does not notify the owner, in writing, that the tenant refuses stove knob covers, the owner will make the stove knob covers available to the tenant pursuant to subdivision a of this section.
 
      3.   An owner will keep a record of: (i) written notifications of refusal of stove knob covers received from a tenant of a dwelling unit, (ii) the owner’s attempts to provide stove knob covers to tenants pursuant to subdivision a of this section, (iii) units for which stove knob covers were made available, and (iv) tenants who have requested stove knob covers.
 
   c.   No owner shall refuse a written request of a tenant of such dwelling unit to provide stove knob covers, regardless of whether making such covers available is required pursuant to this section.
 
   d.   Any owner who is required to provide stove knob covers pursuant to this section who fails to do so shall be liable for a class B hazardous violation, provided that it shall be an exception to a violation where (i) the owner provides documented proof that there is no available stove knob cover that is compatible with the knobs on such stove or (ii) the owner has already fulfilled two requests for replacement stove knob covers within the previous year.
 
(L.L. 2018/117, 6/9/2018, eff. 12/6/2018)
 

 

Stove Knob Covers (December 6 2018)

Effective December 6th, 2018, per Local Law 117 , the owner of a multiple dwelling must provide stove knob covers for gas-powered stoves where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under six years of age resides. Owners must also provide stove knob covers in a unit without a child under age six if the tenant requests them. Please note that for owner-occupied coops and condos stove knob covers are not required. However, if it’s a tenant-occupied coop or condo, stove knob covers are required if there is a child under age six or the tenant requests them.

In addition, the owner is required to provide tenants with an annual notice. The annual notice must inform tenants that:

  • stove knob covers will be made available within thirty days of distributing the annual notice;
  • the owner must provide stove knob covers to any household that requests them, regardless of whether a child resides in the unit; and
  • tenants can forego stove knob covers through written refusal to the landlord. If a tenant does not submit written refusal to the owner, the owner is still obligated to provide stove knob covers to any household where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under age six resides.

 

It is the owner’s obligation to keep documented proof of any notification of refusal for stove knob covers, notification from dwelling units that requested stove knob covers, and documented proof that the owner attempted to provide stove knob covers to a household where the owner knows or reasonably should know that a child under age six resides.

Failure to provide documented proof on the availability of stove knob covers upon request from HPD will result in a class B hazardous violation. Exceptions will be granted to owners that provide documented proof that they have already fulfilled two requests for replacement stove knob covers within the previous year or that there are no available stove knob covers that are compatible with the knobs on their dwelling units’ stoves.

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