Developers beware: In a city that has been awash in an unprecedented building boom, a pair of government agencies is starting to wake up to the neglected problem of slipshod condo construction.
The attorney general's office and the Department of Buildings have vowed to crack down on shoddy developers.
Cracking down on shoddy condos
Condo developers who flout the rules — with everything from leaky roofs to unheated buildings — could come under increased scrutiny by the attorney general's office, which has ramped up its Real Estate Finance Bureau.
The division, long considered inert, has been working more closely with attorneys, representing both aggrieved buyers and their developers, to address complaints and prosecute condo building violations, attorneys said.
At the same time, new construction codes issued by the city's Department of Buildings were scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
The modernized codes replace antiquated rules from 1968, introducing stiffer penalties for building violations and the promise of tougher enforcement.