Landlord Fined $49,000 for Converting Two-Family House to Four Apartments

September 26, 2017
LVT Number: #27927

DOB issued a violation notice to landlord based on altering a building to create more than the legally approved number of apartments. Landlord had converted a two-family home to a four-family. A second violation was issued for doing work without a permit. Landlord claimed only that the notices were served improperly. The ALJ ruled against landlord and fined him $49,000, which included daily penalties. Landlord appealed and lost. DOB showed that after attempting personal delivery of the violation notices by ringing doorbells at the building, the notices were affixed to the front door.

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Eng: ECB App. No. 1700650 (8/3/17) [3-pg. doc.]