Landlord busted for renting micro-apartments

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Landlords allegedly divided condos on the Lower East Side, horizontally, creating ceilings in some units as low as four-and-a-half feet.

The residents were stacked like sardines inside some apartments in 165 Henry Street in Lower Manhattan.

City inspectors found that a sixth floor was created in the five-story building to add the apartments.

"Packing tenants into apartments so tiny you cannot even stand up in them is not only a violation of the law—it is barbaric," Councilwoman Margaret Chin said.

After investigating the micro-units, Department of Buildings officials were tipped off to another illegal subdivision at apartment 701 in the building where nine single-room occupancy units were discovered.

All the apartments were raided and some residents were relocated with help from the American Red Cross.

One resident said they paid $600 a month for the tiny space.

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe and legal place to live, which is why we’re committed to routing out dangerous firetraps and ordering the landlords to make these apartments safe,” DOB spokesman Andrew Rudansky said.