101 Property Management Tips: 3 & 4

In last year’s report I revealed Tips 1 and 2. Here are the next two tips:

Tip 3:

Recent changes to city building regulations now require residential building owners to install apartment identification and directional markings and signs.

Effective March 30, 2018, the New York City Fire Department adopted a rule that requires each apartment door to have reflective or photo-luminescent signs at each entrance and on every apartment door. These signs should be installed low to the ground and no higher than 12 inches from the floor.

This requirement is for any residential building with more than two units and is meant to assist firefighters, first responders, and building occupants to identify apartment numbers in smokey conditions that obscure the regular apartment door number signs.

Tip 4:

Every building in New York City is required to color code their sprinkler/standpipe pipes. Local Law 58/09, which went into effect on March 3, 2010, requires certain pipes to be painted a particular color based on their function. All exposed, vertical sprinkler pipes must be painted red, combination standpipe/sprinkler valve handles must be painted yellow, and dedicated sprinkler system valves must be painted green. Owners must hire a licensed plumber, fire suppression contractor, or a holder of a FDNY Certificate of Fitness, to certify the painting was done correctly. A copy of this certificate must be kept on the premises at all times.

The deadline for compliance was June 2, 2010, so if you haven’t already complied, you can receive a violation starting at $500. However, it’s never too late to comply, so be sure to have your building pipes painted and certified today!