City starts crackdown on illegal home conversions
Mayor signs Gentile bill to increase inspections
Residents who suspect that a private home on their street is being illegally converted into a multiunit apartment house have reason to hope that the city can step in and stop it now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a bill into law aimed at cracking down on sneaky landlords.
In a recent ceremony at City Hall, the mayor signed a bill sponsored by City Councilmembers Vincent Gentile, Jumaane Williams and Barry Grodenchik and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams that creates a special category called Aggravated Illegal Conversions and gives authorities more tools to combat it.
Illegal home conversions take place when a property owner subdivides a single-family or two-family home into multiple units, in some cases as small as a single room, and rents them out to tenants.