Legalizing basement apartment in NYC?
September 6, 2006 3:11 AM Subscribe
Anyone have experience with legalizing an apartment in NYC? I inherited a basement apartment with my single-family Queens house. Have a great relationship with my tenant and do not want to evict. Recently, though, I've received notices from the city to discontinue "illegal use of space for living." In addition to evicting that would involve tearing out the tub, a wall, and other stuff.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (12 answers total)
The previous owner received these notices too, but she ignored them and told the inspector to come back with a warrant (which never happened).
I'm willing to try this and risk the fines but would prefer to legalize the place. However, it has small windows and is probably not up to current code for light & air. Does anyone here know if there's a way around this? Any grandfather clauses for old places (the house is 120 yrs old, the apartment maybe 30)? Any recommendations for an attorney or expeditor who could help?
The DCE website offers little hope but I'm holding out for insider info if anyone can help. Thanks!