Renting an apartment in Brooklyn – Make sure that your unit is not an illegal conversion
December 1st , 2017 New York state Govenor Cuomo signed the Illegal Comversion Bill into law which was sponsored by Senator Golden and Harris. This law is effective immediately and applies to all residential leases there after. An illegal home comervision occurs when the home owner subdivides a one or two family home into multi units or rooms to be rents out. The Illegal Conversion Law to provide notice to tenants showing that the current certificate of occupancy is valid. In addition in NYC there is the Aggravated Illegal Conversion Bill which increased penalities to landlords of illegally converted properties (three or more units ) with fines of $15,000 .
For more details: read ending illegal home conversion for New York tenants.