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One of the most critical elements of successful property management is compliance with local laws and regulations.
Compliance is a key concern for property managers everywhere, but especially so in New York City, where the regulatory landscape changes rapidly. NYC continues to set the regulatory model for the rest of the country—and it’s the building owners and property managers who are most deeply affected by the rapid pace of new regulations. Year over year, the city passes new laws and regulations faster than most can keep up with.
Failing to meet property management regulations can result in violations, fines, and other state and federal sanctions. That can, in turn, impact potential sales and rentals, and even the property value of the building itself. And even if you employ the most knowledgeable, experienced property manager, you can still miss the mark.
Take the solutions with you on the go. Our free, easy-to-use wiki tracks over 70 NYC regulations—everything from boilers to standpipe systems—and outlines the step-by-step processes you need to follow to remain compliant.
Vitralogy clears the path for you to project manage the entire compliance process without worrying about oversights or missteps. Knowledge is power. Use our wiki to master the dizzying regulatory landscape in New York City and beyond.
The purpose of a backflow prevention device is to keep contaminants from flowing back into the public drinking water supply. Drinking water is pushed from the city’s water main to your property’s plumbing by pressure and it should only flow in one direction. Due to pressure changes in pipes, the water can flow backwards into city water lines and could contaminate the public water supply with human waste and chemicals.
A boiler is a closed vessel in which fluid is heated.
We consider the building to be the site location that can be residential or commercial.
A tall unit that recirculates water to make the inside of a building cooler. Cooling Towers are often part of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A cooling tower can be found in or on top of a large high-rise building.
An elevator is a type of vertical transportation machine that moves people or freight between floors, levels, or decks of a building, vessel, or other structure.
An escalator is a moving staircase which carries people between floors of a building. It consists of a motor-driven chain of individually linked steps on a track which cycle on a pair of tracks which keeps them horizontal.
The face of a building, especially the principal front that looks onto a street or open space.
A device making a loud noise that gives warning of a fire, which may be monitored by a central station that will contact the emergency contact person on record and dispatch the local Fire Department.
Portable fire extinguishers are one of the easiest ways to control, contain and extinguish small kitchen, house, office and workplace fires.
A fuel tank is a safe container for flammable fluids. Fuel tanks range in size and complexity. The New York City Mechanical Code specifies that fuel-oil storage and piping systems must comply with the requirements of NFPA 31.
Underground - Any tank completely covered with earth or other material.
Aboveground - Any stationary tank which is not entirely covered with earth or other material, or any tank which can be inspected in a subterranean vault (including “underground, vaulted with access”).
The basic purpose of a generator is to provide electric power whenever the supply from the local electric utility company suffers an interruption
A water storage tank in which water is stored at atmospheric pressure and distributed by gravity flow in a downfeed system; the tank is usually elevated above the roof of a building and is filled by a house pump.
The term “Swimming Pool” means any structure, basin, chamber or tank which is intended for swimming, diving, recreational bathing or wading and which contains, is designed to contain, or is capable of containing water more than 24 inches (610 mm) deep at any point. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground pools; indoor pools; hot tubs; spas; and fixed-in-place wading pools.
A fire-protection device that automatically detects and gives a warning of the presence of smoke.
An active fire protection method, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system.
Standpipe systems are an important part of the fire protection system in a building. The standpipe system provides water that fire fighters can manually discharge through hoses onto a fire. When a standpipe system is installed and properly maintained it is a very effective means for extinguishing fires. standpipe systems are required in buildings that are over six stories 75 feet in height.
Fire suppression systems are crucial to preventing a fire from getting out of control and causing costly damage to your building. More importantly, a fire suppression system can prevent injury or even death of residents or employees by giving them precious time to leave the building after a fire has been detected.