City Council Votes to Combat Illegal Home Conversions
The City Council unanimously passed Intro 1218, which was proposed by City Councilman Vincent Gentile. The bill imposes stiff penalties on owners for illegal conversions. It targets owners of homes classified as “aggravated illegal conversions,” by imposing a $15,000 violation per three or more units above the legally allowed amount as stated in the home’s certificate of occupancy. If unpaid, the fine would be subject to a lien sale on the property.