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New York condo owner is busted for converting one apartment into NINE illegal micro flats by cutting it in half HORIZONTALLY with ceilings as low as 4ft and renting them out for $600-a-month (5 Pics)

New York City condo owner has been busted for converting one apartment unit into nine separate units to rent out for as much as $600 a month.  
Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634-square-foot condo in half horizontally, creating a new floor between the fourth and fifth, to rent out to 11 tenants on Manhattan's Lower East Side that had ceilings as low as 4 1/2 feet. 
The units at 165 Henry Street were raided and shut down Wednesday by the city's Department of Buildings and Ni was fined more than $144,000 for failing to have sprinklers and proper electrical, structural and plumbing permits.
In one photo, a city inspector is seen on his knees in order to enter the micro unit.
Manhattan Councilman Ben Kallos said it was a scene that resembled the 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich, which depicted a 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office. 
An inspector is seen at 165 Henry Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side where a landlord illegally split his apartment into nine micro units to rent to 11 people
An inspector is seen at 165 Henry Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side where a landlord illegally split his apartment into nine micro units to rent to 11 people 
Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634sq-ft Manhattan condo in half horizontally to rent out nine micro units
Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634sq-ft Manhattan condo in half horizontally to rent out nine micro units
From the street, air conditioning units could be seen set up on both the top and bottom of floor-to-ceiling windows
From the street, air conditioning units could be seen set up on both the top and bottom of floor-to-ceiling windows
'This is like the room out of the movie Being John Malkovich,' Kallos said. 'It was funny in fiction, but a horror story in real life.'
Condo owner Ni had placed bubble wrap in the units to prevent tenants from hitting their heads on pipes. 
Inspectors said there was also an illegal bathroom in the unit.  
A second apartment in the same building was also busted for having a similar setup. 
Unit 701, which Ni has listed in the past as his address but is now owned by Jing Ya Lin, was being rented to 11 tenants. 
From the street, air conditioning units could be seen set up on both the top and bottom of windows meant for one unit. 
'I've never seen air conditioners stacked atop one another like that - five air conditioners in three windows,' Kallos told the New York Post. 
'I can't imagine needing that much air-conditioning in one apartment, so if someone sees this on the street, that should be more than sufficient for the Department of Buildings to also investigate that apartment.' 
The scene resembled that of 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich which depicted a small 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office
The scene resembled that of 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich which depicted a small 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office
The ceilings were as low as 4 1/2 feet and tenants were being charged up to $600 a month for the illegal spaces
The ceilings were as low as 4 1/2 feet and tenants were being charged up to $600 a month for the illegal spaces
Records show Lin bought the 643-square-foot condo in September 2015, in an off-market deal.  
Lin was issued 10 violations by the Department of Buildings. 
And on Friday, several tenants were seen leaving the building with suitcases as the units were being evacuated. 
The tenants were offered immediate relocation assistance by the American Red Cross. 
'Every New Yorker deserves a safe and legal place to live, which is why we're committed to routing out dangerous firetraps and ordering the landlords to make these apartments safe,' the NYC Buildings Department said in a statement. 
'Tenants living in truncated and windowless dwelling units like this poses an extreme hazard to their safety, as well as the safety of their neighbors, and first responders – a hazard that cannot be tolerated in our city.'

6 comments:

  1. is that a chinese good fortune symol at the roof line?

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  2. Most all building codes say there must be at least s 7' floor to ceiling height. They either bootlegged this job or paid off the inspector.

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  3. This is the future for money USA citizens if they keep on electing politicians made from the same cloth as the current ones are. Either destroy them or they will destroy you!

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