Is renting the basement in a house to other people illegal or legal in NY? if it is illegal, what number should we call to complain? what is the possible punishment if it is illegal?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Generally, if a house as a certificate of occupancy for 1 family, but 2 families are residing in the house, the unit is illegal. This may be a basement apartment, or renting various rooms in a house. The telephone number to complain is usually the village or town where the house is located. The punishment may be a fine, depending on the jurisdiction. Usually, the municipality wants the property owner to make the house in question legal. This means evicting the individual illegally renting the house.