Sting turns up il­le­gal rentals

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

New York City in­ves­ti­ga­tors pos­ing as apart­ment hunters have dis­cov­ered dozens of spa­ces il­le­gally con­verted into apart­ments.

The sting op­er­a­tion was launched last spring to crack down on the prac­tice.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s ad­min­is­tra­tion said un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tors wear­ing hid­den cam­eras found dan­ger­ous liv­ing con­di­tions. They in­cluded untested gas lines and in­ad­e­quate ways to evac­u­ate in case of fire.

The city searched for apart­ments on­line. Of the 62 rentals in­spected, 54 had il­le­gal liv­ing con­di­tions.

In­spec­tors is­sued va­cate or­ders for 33 apart­ments. The re­main­der were fined.

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