Violations issued for illegal hotel rooms

NYHTC — December 21, 2010

DNAinfo reported 12 apartments in an East 10th Street apartment building have been illegally altered, and Hotel Toshi, a company that offers short-term accommodations in some Manhattan and Brooklyn apartment buildings, was charged with a number of violations after area residents complained the property was being used as an illegal hotel.

The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement found the units were converted in violation of the building's certificate of occupancy, which prohibits hotel use, and additional bedrooms were created without a permit. Following inspections by the Department of Buildings and the Fire Department, a total of 14 violations were issued for infractions, including obstructed exit signs, an obstructed stairway, and a lack of smoke detectors.