Old violations can be a pain in the you know what. We’ve seen violations dating back to a time when horses and buggies were on the streets. The old violations can usually be dismissed by hiring an expediter to submit the proper paperwork to the DOB. Sometimes a new job will have to be filed to correct an old violation. Once in awhile there will be old fines that must be paid before the violations can be dismissed.
Unfortunately there is no way to dismiss a violation just because you weren’t the owner of the property at the time of issuance. When you purchase a property, the DOB assumes you purchased the property “as is.” Therefore the current owner is responsible for any outstanding violations.