Loft Legalization

LFA Architects Prince Street Soho

LFA achieved Loft Law compliance by obtaining new Certificates of Occupancy for two buildings in SoHo. This pair of pre-1900 cast iron factories on Prince Street was inhabited by artists and gallerists in the early 1980s.  Legalization of loft spaces presents challenges concerning egress, fireproofing, and ventilation.

After NYC expanded Loft Law protection with in 2010, a Property Owner in the waterfront district of DUMBO hired LFA to assess the building. We are qualified and available to work with Building Owners to reach minimum compliance, or with Tenants to help build out your space.

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About the Law:
The New York State Assembly amended the Loft Law in 2010, in order to protect qualifying loft tenants from rent hikes and eviction. Hundreds of loft tenants in Brooklyn were able to register for coverage, and Building Owners are now able to convert units into residential spaces.

Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL), also known as the Loft Law, created a new classification of buildings in New York City known as Interim Multiple Dwellings (IMD) in 1982. In 2010, additional properties became eligible.

Owners of designated loft buildings are required to meet compliance with the standards of safety and fire protection, and take reasonable and necessary action to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for the residential portion of the building. 

These interim multiple dwellings become subject to the New York City Rent Stabilization Law after they are legalized. Click here for more information about the expanded Loft Law. 

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We are available to accompany owners on walkthroughs, to create filing plans, and consult with your attorney and the Loft Board. Let us be your resource for meeting deadlines and achieving compliance.