A new state law cracking down on illegal hotels is already getting results. The city says it has taken action against 15 illegally converted hotels since the law took effect two weeks ago. The mayor’s office released video of some of the residences located in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Investigators say the buildings were overcrowded, and many had no fire alarms or sprinkler systems. One three-family home on Lafayette Avenue had 45 people living inside. Vacate orders were issued at eight of the 15 locations.
Owners have been fined between $800 and $2,500 per violation.