My store tenant wanted to have a sign supported by two columns across the sidewalk. The architect made a drawing of that sign, and the contractor obtained the permit for marque, based on that drawing. Five years later, I the landlord am sue by DOB. They say that the marque can not be supported by two columns, that the sign is a canopy, and the permit was for marque. I am harass by DOB since June of 2015. Already paid $800.- fine, and now they gave me the penalty $5000.- That tenant went out of business, and that sign was removed. I am not responsible for stupidity of DOB employee who issued that improper permit. That permit based on the drawing of the sign supported by two columns was not supposed to be given. This was incompetence of DOB employee who had issued that permit. I am not responsible for that. I am harassed by DOB for 10 month, fined, have a personal life disrupted, and want to sue the DOB for $1 million. I need the lawyer to start the lawsuit.
Unlikely that such a lawsuit would succeed. You likely have to fight the DOB citations based on their own incompetence and just move on. There are attorneys who specialize in defending these tickets/citations and who can confirm this opinion.
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