The city removed more than two-dozen people from apartments inside a home that's been cited for illegal subdivisions dating back to 2000 — an address authorities ordered to be shuttered six years ago by the Department of Buildings, officials said.
There were 27 residents from eight families — including 13 children — living inside the two-story stucco home at 33-34 103rd St. when the building was evacuated on Sept. 26 by officials from the FDNY, the DOB and the Department of Education, according to officials.
The Red Cross provided temporary shelter for the families, and P.S. 92 was also opened as a temporary shelter site, according to Red Cross and DOE officials.
A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said it was illegal for anyone to be living in the building after Feb. 25, 2009, when inspectors ordered it vacated upon finding evidence of "illegal conversion" — which can mean adding additional walls, bathrooms or other subdivisions that violate the legal occupancy rates.
The apartments were ordered vacated as they lacked a second exit and sprinklers, DOB records show.
The house has been cited 11 times since 2000 for illegal subdivisions, including turning the basement from a storage area to an apartment, adding an additional bathroom to create a third apartment on the first floor and for carving out more than four additional apartments at the house, records show.
Owners Lizz Mendoza and Ana Mena have paid a total of $35,000 in fines, according to DOB records. However, they yet were able to continue renting the place out, and in fact still had an "For Rent" sign on the building on Monday.