Category Archives: Mount Morris

Certificate of no harassment process bogged down

Recently, I applied for a certificate of no harassment(CNH) for one of my listings in the Mount Morris section of Harlem . It was a pretty straight forward process since there had only been only one tenant in the last many years. However, due to the shortage of staff at HPD it took more than 9 months to receive it.  In comparison, I went through the same process for another owner and was able to get an approval in 5.5 months. According to reps at HPD, they have many applications and lack the needed staff. Thankfully it was approved and the owner now has it and it’s valid for the next 3 years.

Upon approval of the application, they made the owner sign an affidavit of no future harassment. This is the owner’s statement that they will not harass the tenants in the future either. A future buyer will need to take the CNH along with the affidavit of no future harassment to the Buildings Department in order to get a permit to alter the building.

Previous coverage about CNH

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every Manhattan market from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.

Community Board turns down 128 West 119th street windows proposal

At the Landmarks committee meeting of Community Board 10 last night, the Community Board turned down the owners of 128 West 119th street who were looking to gain support for installing flat windows on the 2nd floor of the townhouse in the Mount Morris Historic district. At the meeting, the architect for the new owners cited cost as one of the obstacles to installation of the curved windows. The new owners received a bid that would add an additional $30,000 to the cost of the renovation just for the 3 windows. The Community Board and the Block association recommended that they request additional bids to install curved windows in the 2nd floor window. The 20 foot wide house was purchased one year ago for $2,795,000 according to public records. According to the architect, there are 12 townhouses on the block with a similar curved facade, and 9 of them have flat windows and 3 have curved ones.

The Author-  Brian Silvestry , a licensed real estate broker, has been selling residential and commercial real estate since 1999. He has sold in every neighborhood from Battery Park City to Washington Heights.