Posted by Steve on August 29, 2001 at 02:49:33:
In Reply to: Calm down posted by Provost on August 27, 2001 at 21:10:52:
: You were right to deny the inspector access to your unit. Sounds like the guy was just trolling around looking for something to do to justify his job. You might get together with other tenants and landlords and report him, if he behaved improperly. Also - and I also speak from personal knowledge here - many Queens politicians, while "officially" opposed to "illegal" apartments, actually give a "nod and wink" to the practice right under their noses. They know where there votes come from and know the realities of housing in NYC.
The inspector was probably checking because the city has stepped up crack downs on illegal conversions. Your landlord may be a good carpenter but is he a skilled electrician too? What's focused the city's interest in this is the increasing number of fires in these illegal units, many of which, like yours, were built by recent immigrants who either didn't understand the law or prefer to live outside it in the cash economy. Some pols may wink/nod at it but FDNY certainly isn't.
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