Department of Buildings inspectors bust a real estate agent trying to rent them an illegally converted apartment.
The illegal conversion problem is citywide, but severe in Brooklyn and Queens.
NY1 was the only news outlet there when the sting when down.
An illegal conversion is an alteration of a building to create housing without city approval. Like this apartment, many lack proper exits, have unsafe gas hookups and other safety violations.
Inspectors usually enter if someone gives them access. In this case they were allowed in, and they slapped the property owner with a violation and a vacate order.
If extreme violations are suspected, inspectors can seek a court warrant.
Last year, DOB received more than 19,000 complaints.
More than half of the complaints were in Queens.