New York City Board of Education

Space Leasing Practices

Some of the buildings used as schools in the New York City school system are leased by the New York City Board of Education. We examined certain aspects of the Board’s leasing practices and found that improvements were needed. For example, some of the leased facilities that we visited had serious deficiencies, including leaking roofs, ill-fitting windows, damage caused by vermin, building and safety code violations, and water-damaged floors, walls and ceilings. We recommended that the Board monitor and inspect its leased facilities more closely, and make use of available financial remedies when landlords fail to fulfill their responsibilities for renovations, repairs and maintenance.

For a complete copy of Report 99-N-3 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.