Each of the 36 landlords that didn’t heed that warning now owes an administrative penalty of $150 — marking the first time in city history that a punishment has been handed out for unlicensed rental properties.
If they don’t begin the licensing process within two weeks, the fine jumps to $500.
After that, those that go another two weeks without working toward a license will catch a $999 fine. That boosted penalty can then be issued daily — but the Department of Excise & Licenses, which is in charge of the program, says it hopes landlords don’t ever actually reach that…
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