Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Councilman Reynoso bill proposal raises fines on home illegal conversions and loft studios

Crains New York

Councilman Antonio Reynoso isn't interested in preaching to the converted. 

The Brooklyn lawmaker will introduce a bill next week that will jack up penalties on landlords who allow their buildings to be used for purposes contrary to their approved occupancy and zoning—a proposal aimed at illegal renovation of manufacturing buildings to loft residences and houses to multifamily residences. The legislation comes just months after the state Legislature voted to allow factory and warehouse buildings in swaths of Lower Manhattan, North Brooklyn and Western 
Queens inhabited continuously through 2015 and 2016 to become lawful dwellings under the 37-year-old Loft Law.

Critics complain that Albany's repeated expansions of the 1982 statute have tacitly encouraged people to illegally convert industrial spaces to residences, by signaling to them that the state will intervene to protect their homes. Reynoso himself raised fears that this has also contributed to the erosion of blue-collar jobs and businesses.
"Landlords are currently exploiting the weak protections in place for manufacturing spaces and see the low penalties for converting them to residential as the cost of doing business," the councilman said in a statement sent to Crain's. "We must ensure that protections are in place to preserve our manufacturing spaces and the workers who depend on them."

At present, the city fine for "immediately hazardous violations" is set at $1,000 to $25,000. Reynoso's bill would establish a new minimum penalty of $10,000.


Anonymous said...

I thought mayor dumbdumb wanted all illegal conversions to be legal.

Anonymous said...

Down the street from that photo The shitsters put a hottub and have naked booze laden orgys on the roof. -They call these happenings "art showcases" many are Pagans from out of town BTW

TommyR said...

Reynoso is to be commended on preventing a deliberate legal crack/loophole meant to encourage loft crapansion (crappy expansion) spreading westward from North Bklyn into Maspeth, and beyond.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the expose of who is living in that wooden water tower

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