A new rule could shut down the cleaning business in a couple of states, according to the New York Times
2/8 The American Cleaning Association has released a new set of rules aimed at curbing a resurgence of the practice of roof cleaning.
The rules, which were made available this week, will require contractors who work in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut to provide a copy of the permit for each floor, according the Associated Press.
A permit will be required for any work on any of the above three New York, New York and Connecticut cities, while the other two require an affidavit from the company.
The AP reports the rules are intended to curb the practice by requiring that contractors provide copies of their permits for every floor they work on.
The new rules, from the American Cleaners Association, are aimed at eliminating the practice that began in the late 1800s as roofers were cleaning homes and apartment buildings after hurricanes.
In the past, homeowners would clean up after their windows and doors with a pair of brushes and then clean themselves with water and soap.
They also would use a blow torch to disinfect the area.
The cleaning business, which had long been seen as the preserve of wealthy New Yorkers, is now mostly seen as an increasingly common occurrence in poor and minority neighborhoods in New Jersey.
A recent New York state study found that in 2015, one-third of New Jersey residents had at least one cleaning job, and in 2016, that number was four times that of the rest of the state.
According to the AP, the American Coatings Association has been a vocal opponent of roof-cleaning companies, which it says are “a major source of pollution and health hazards.”
The association has previously called for the federal government to mandate that cleaning companies get permits.
New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who represents New York’s Upper East Side, introduced a bill in January that would have banned the practice.
The bill was referred to the state senate.
A spokesman for Gottfried told the AP the bill has not received a hearing.