Bottom Line on Owners’ Rights

August 9, 2010  |  

(Crain’s) — As construction work neared completion on the Harlem Masters barbershop two years ago, the contractor told owner Timothy Greene that, according to the city building code, he would have to leave some plumbing and electrical work temporarily exposed. That way, the building inspectors could see that it had been done properly.

But when the Buildings Department inspectors came by, “they said we had the community at risk by having the wiring exposed and the plumbing exposed,” Mr. Greene recalled. They threatened up to $1,600 in fines.

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