Landlord Fined $2,500 for Illegal Occupancy of Cellar

LVT Number: #30919

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord for creating rooms for living and sleeping in a building's cellar, where there was inadequate natural light and ventilation. Landlord argued that he rented out the cellar to someone for storage use only. He said that the tenant improperly altered the unit without landlord's knowledge or consent. The tenant had now moved out and landlord corrected the violation. The ALJ ruled against landlord and fined him $2,500.

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