In December 2016, many homeowners in the NY Rising program received a document entitled “NOTICE OF DEADLINES FOR YOUR FUNDING AND COMPLETION OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT”. According to NY Rising’s website, this notice was sent to “active applicants with incomplete projects”.
To better assist our existing and potential customers in understanding what these deadlines mean for you and your house lifting project, here is a breakdown of the deadlines and what steps to take next.
Homeowners in the optional elevation program must adhere to the following remaining deadlines or risk having to repay all or part of the funds which have been awarded to them.
March 1, 2017: Any changes to the scope of work for your project must be submitted to NY Rising by this date. If you do not submit changes to the scope of work, you must complete your home elevation project based on the scope of work documented in your original NY Rising Optional Elevation Award or withdraw from the program and return the Option Elevation Award you have received.
September 1, 2017: At this point, all homeowners in the optional elevation program must pass an interim inspection. In order to pass the interim inspection, the home must show signs of significant elevation progress. If your home does not pass the interim inspection, then you must withdraw from the program and return the Option Elevation Award you have received. NY Rising almost always accepts the house being lifted up as the point of interim inspection.
All mandatory elevations are those homes which were classified as “substantially damaged” and MUST be elevated to mitigate the further risk of flood damage. (These substantially damaged homes were damaged beyond 50% of the value of the home and this classification given to your home by your local municipality.) Not elevating your substantially damaged home could result in full recapture of your NY Rising Award. Although a completion deadline is not specifically mentioned, the notice does say that they would like projects completed within this year.
What To Do Next?
By this point, you should be making your decision on which contractor to use and have hopefully done your homework by talking to past customers, building departments, and architects who have worked with the contractor you are considering. Check their credentials and remember price is not everything! Experience, quality and time management are also important factors.
Ben’s has been in business for over 37 years. We are a NARI contractor committed to high standards and quality. We have successfully completed 65 house lifts and have the knowledge and know-how to get your project done and help you meet the NY Rising deadlines.
For more information on how Ben’s can get your NY Rising project off the ground give us a call today at (516) 623-2945!
You can read more about these NY Rising deadlines on the storm recovery website: