From the Daily News:
For years, landlord John Mayo was cited repeatedly for renting out illegal apartments - just the kind that fire officials deem dangerous death traps.
City inspectors hit his buildings again and again with violations, including citations for apartments with no second exits and a blocked fire escape.
What makes Mayo's case different from the average accused slumlord is this: Mayo is a retired New York City firefighter.
Since 2005, the city has repeatedly cited four of Mayo's South Bronx buildings for illegal apartments or SROs, missing and defective smoke detectors, exposed electrical wires, apartments with no second egress, even a blocked fire escape, records show.
Since 2007, when Mayo retired from the FDNY, three rowhouses he owns on one Bronx block have been the subject of 15 illegal apartment complaints, including two this month. One building has 150 outstanding housing-code violations, records show.
Residents on the block say Mayo turned the buildings into illegal boarding houses that are potential firetraps - a growing concern since a fire in an illegal Bronx SRO last month killed a 12-year-old and his parents.
As a former firefighter, neighbors say, Mayo should know all about the dangers of illegal apartments.