Landlord converted 10-unit building to halfway house.

Position:DOB VIOLATIONS - Brief article

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for illegally converting an apartment building, in violation of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). At a hearing, the inspector stated that the C of O authorized two Class "A" apartments on each of the five floors. But landlord had set up an office, rooms with a total of 96 beds, and a community room. Landlord also had removed gas lines to where the apartment kitchens had been. Landlord argued that the inspector's testimony was insufficient proof of any violation. The ALJ disagreed and fined landlord $2,400.

Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord had set up a halfway house for recovering addicts, in...

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