Local Law 55

Environmental inspections required by NYC's Local Law 55

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Asthma-Free Housing Act Local Law 55

Local Law 55 Inspection Services

As licensed experts in mold, indoor air quality, and pest control, Green Orchard Group helps landlords and residential building owners in NYC take the headache out of Local Law 55 compliance.

Along with our affiliate company, MMPC, we have been in business for over 25 years. We provide bi-weekly and monthly pest control services to over 500 residential and commercial buildings and have conducted thousands of mold assessments and abatements throughout the metro areas of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Currently, our pest control division, MMPC, is the #1-ranked pest management company in NYC on Yelp.

About Local Law 55: The Asthma-Free Housing Act

NYC’s Local Law 55, or the “Asthma-Free Housing Act”, was passed in 2018 to fight the rising asthma rates and improve the quality of life for millions of New Yorkers. The law requires multiple-dwelling property owners (buildings with 3 or more apartments or if a tenant has asthma) to remove and take preventative measures against indoor health hazards that may trigger asthma, including:

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Department of Buildings (DOB) are actively enforcing Local Law 55, and failure to comply could result in complaints from tenants, costly violations, and potential litigation.

We understand that navigating this new regulatory requirement can be burdensome, and finding the right firm to handle it can be challenging. Green Orchard Group is here to simplify and streamline the process. 

Important Criteria & Landlord Responsibilities

Violations are issued by NYC HPD to any landlord not compliant with Local Law 55 regulations and can be as large as $10,000 per occurrence.

We advise all landlords to familiarize themselves with this law and its compliance requirements. If you are a landlord or property manager in NYC, here are the basic requirements of Local Law 55:

  1. Perform annual inspections of all dwellings and common areas for indoor allergen hazards such as mold, rodents, and cockroaches.
  2. Respond to mold and pest complaints from tenants and violations from the HPD.
  3. Provide an annual notice and fact sheet to current and prospective tenants at the time of lease signing or renewal, and ensure that vacant apartments are cleaned and free of pests and mold before a new tenant moves in.
  4. Correct underlying conditions that cause mold and attract pests.
  5. Utilize integrated pest management to address existing pest infestations and ensure that your property is properly sealed from pests. 
  6. Implement safe work practices when remediating mold and fixing underlying causes.

Our Services

Local Law 55 Compliance

Environmental Inspections for Indoor Allergen Hazards

Green Orchard Group helps landlords and property owners successfully navigate Local Law 55 inspection requirements.

Our seasoned team of industry experts and inspectors are trained to deliver reliable, customized solutions for all of our clients.

Contact us here or use the form below for Local Law 55 inspection or consultation services.


Our inspectors provide a report that includes the type of mold, moisture levels, and relative humidity. We also identify the underlying cause(s) and provide plans and recommendations for remediation.

Under Local Law 55 and Local Law 61, if more than 10 square feet of mold is found in a residential property with 10 or more units, the landlord is required to hire two independent contractors to address the issue. The first is a New York State Department of Labor-licensed mold assessor, and the second is a New York State Department of Labor-licensed mold remediator.  These two contractors must be separate and independent from one another.

For more information about HPD mold violations, see our HPD Mold Violation Infographic.

Integrated Pest Management

Local Law 55 requires landlords and property managers to utilize integrated pest management practices to keep their properties free from pests. At Green Orchard Group, we work closely with pest experts at an affiliate company, MMPC, to provide comprehensive integrated pest management solutions for landlords and property managers in New York.

Eco-friendly pest solutions and prevention from MMPC

MMPC is the #1-rated pest control service in NYC. Contact MMPC here for pest prevention and extermination services.

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