Manhattan landlords are cracking down on temporary walls used to further divide New York City apartments. The New York Times looks at the change in what was a common practice. Though the addition of temporary walls was often overlooked — only a few partition walls are in compliance with New York City Building Code — the city looked the other way. No longer.
The big issue is that many renters signed leases with illegal partition walls already in place and the compensation from landlords does not make up for a radically different living experience and loss of privacy many renters face.
The enforced law will surely improve fire safety — and it could even result in lower rents in the future.
For more information, see The New York Times | The Fall of Temporary Apartment Walls.
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