Sting operation finds 54 unlivable apartments in NYC

(09/23/10) BROOKLYN - A massive sting operation has revealed that some landlords in Brooklyn and the rest of the city are illegally dividing apartments.

The Department of Buildings found 62 apartments online, inspected them and discovered 54 of them were unlivable. Fourteen apartments received violations in Brooklyn, 11 which were ordered to be vacated.

An undercover investigator for the city posed as a potential renter and took hidden-camera video of one of the illegally divided apartments. During the citywide sting operation, investigators say they found shoddy electrical wiring and apartments without windows. They say they issued vacate orders at the most dangerous rentals.

A total of 104 violations were issued to property owners, ranging from $6,000 to $25,000.

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