New York State of Opportunity

Rental Housing Inspector 1

Written Test To Be Held
May 11, 2019
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
March 27, 2019

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-576 Rental Housing Inspector 1 $47,773 G-14 $35
26-577 Rental Housing Inspector 1 (Spanish Language) $47,773 G-14

IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before May 11, 2019, you must have:

Either 1. two years of qualifying experience;*

Or 2. successful completion of an accredited certificate program in building trades AND one year of qualifying experience;*

Or 3. completion of an apprenticeship program in the construction field AND one year of qualifying experience;*

Or 4. an associate���s or higher degree in construction or building trades technology AND one year of qualifying experience.*

*QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE is full-time experience in any combination of building construction or building maintenance** of multi-dwellings,*** OR conducting building inspections.

**Building maintenance is defined as: conducting regular inspections of buildings to identify areas that need attention and then performing the tasks to fix or repair problems; or performing preventive maintenance operations.

***Multi-dwellings are defined as: dwellings which are either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or are occupied as the residence or home of THREE or more families living independently of each other.

Examples of Qualifying Experience may include: Facilities and Maintenance Management, Property Management, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician, Plumber, Contracts Manager, Construction Site Manager, Construction Laborer, Carpenter, Electrician, or Residential Insurance Inspector.

NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Experience primarily involving custodial duties (e.g. garbage removal or cleaning), real estate sales, or grounds maintenance are NOT qualifying experience.

If you expect to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019, may result in your removal from the eligible list.

Notes

  1. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible within the examination application. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will NOT be decided in your favor. The information you provide in your application will be the only basis for determining your eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for examination.
  2. Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2CPG.
  3. Travel Requirements: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule.
  4. If you pass the examination for No. 26-577 Rental Housing Inspector 1 (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your Spanish language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.
  5. If you submit an application for No. 26-577 Rental Housing Inspector 1 (Spanish Language), an application will automatically be submitted for you for No. 26-576 Rental Housing Inspector 1 at no additional cost.
  6. Background Investigation: Because of the nature of the position there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case is determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws.
  7. Qualifying part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  8. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal in several downstate locations.

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Duties

As a Rental Housing Inspector 1, you would make field inspections of housing accommodations throughout the five counties of New York City as well as in Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau Counties. You would make these field inspections to examine and evaluate rental conditions and to obtain or verify information pertinent to the disposition of applications filed by landlords or tenants under the provisions of various rent control and rent stabilization laws and regulations. You would review assigned cases for inspection; inspect various aspects of dwellings, buildings, and accompanying property; and prepare written reports of your findings. You may be required to testify in hearings regarding your findings.

As a Rental Housing Inspector 1 (Spanish Language), you would perform the above duties in areas with a high concentration of Spanish-speaking individuals.

Important: The duties of these positions involve strenuous physical activity such as climbing stairs and ladders to inspect roofs or basements and lifting of heavy objects such as trap doors or skylights.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

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  1. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  2. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.
  3. Evaluating information and evidence - These questions test for the ability to evaluate and draw conclusions from information and evidence. Each question consists of a set of facts and a conclusion based on the facts. The candidate must decide if the conclusion is warranted by the facts.
  4. Building Terminology - These questions test for knowledge of basic physical components and construction of buildings.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.

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How To Apply

Apply On line

Note: The non-refundable application processing fee must be paid on line via a MasterCard or Visa credit card. If you qualify for a waiver of the application processing fee or you are a member of CSEA (Negotiating Unit 02, 03, 04, or 47) you may also apply on line.

You will need a personal NY.gov ID to apply for these examinations. If you do not have a personal NY.gov account, please create an account.

You Can Also

The NYS Department of Civil Service reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, email us at AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.

Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

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Issued: 2/22/2019

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