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Real estate agents under fire for illegally advertising single family home in Flushing

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The city Department of Buildings has launched an investigation after the Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association expressed concerns about a real estate company listing that advertised a single-family home in Flushing as a single-room occupancy available to rent.

The listing for the home at 33-07 153rd St., posted by Success Team Realty LLC in Elmhurst, said the property is is a detached one-family home with 20 rooms, 15 of which are bedrooms, and three full bathrooms.

One bedroom, which has a rental price of $700 per month, is occupied by the owner, and the other 14 bedrooms have a rental income of $7,295 per month, according to the listing.

It also states that the front yard can be converted into two parking spots.

The listing was taken down by Monday night. The real estate agents for the listing, Ming Gao and Yan Dan Shi, along with the company, could not be reached at the company’s phone number, which is not working.

Bob Hanophy, president of the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association, plans to ask elected officials to come up with legislation that would punish a real estate agent who offers a residential home for sale or rent outside of zoning requirements or any other restrictions.

A possible punishment could be to revoke or suspend the agent’s license, Hanophy said.

“The same issue is there: What’s stopping them from listing their next property on another website doing the same improper conduct?” he said.

A spokesman for the state Department of State said it has received complaints about the real estate company but they do not concern the property.

The DOB marshal inspected the property Monday and found illegal single-room occupancies throughout the building, observing 13 single-room occupancies.

Three rooms in the basement were vacated due to immediately hazardous conditions, and seven on the first and second floors were issued violations.

The agency was not able to gain access to three other rooms but said it will attempt to gain access.

Violations were issued for the unsafe use of electrical extension cords, work without a permit in the basement, and illegal alteration and occupancy of the property.

“The Buildings Marshal’s Office will continue to pursue the building owner aggressively to correct the violating conditions at this property,” a DOB spokesman said. “In addition, we are referring for state disciplinary action the real estate agents who posted listings for this property.”

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wrote letters to DOB Queens Borough Commissioner Derek Lee and state Acting Secretary of State Rossana Rosado.

“There’s some serious issues here,” he said.

The DOB profile for the property says it has a partial vacate order.

Six of the 13 complaints are open, complaining that it is being used as an overnight spot for nearby students or workers. One of the complaints includes a link to the listing.

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is meeting with the Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association next week. He said there are also other factors at play, such as the DOB having a shortage of investigators.

“There’s flaws in a number of different areas,” Kim said. “I think we should find more funding to make sure that we have enough inspectors.”

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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make them pay from queens says:
These violators need to be heavily fined every single year! Make them pay a 10000 dollar fine every year plus make them pay property taxes for an apartment housing instead of only a two family house property tax.
Feb. 25, 2016, 9:27 pm
notinmybackyard from Queens says:
Where on earth do some people think they got it like that to try to dupe the public---then be stupid enough not to realize that decent folks will report their dubious activities....?
Feb. 26, 2016, 4:25 am
Anon from Queens says:
Tell me how do the Asians get away with their illegal building??? Money talks at the buildings dept. If we went ot China or Korea could we build anything we want???
Feb. 26, 2016, 4:07 pm
Fix Flushing from Flushing says:
There seem to be some flaws in this article. It say partial vacate. They did a partial vacate Monday. Onl yto come back the next day with the fire dept to FULLY vacate it! This article makes it sound like owner still has access & lives there. Probably others too! That home must be BOARDED up since they found what they found. They are letting these Asians get away with far too much! Even those so called elected officials especially the ASIAN ones are probably being paid off & all CORRUPT!! They took over Flushing years ago & have fully made it the HONG KONG #2. DISGUSTING that we Americans have allowed all these other cultures to destroy AMERICA for us all these years! We all know what to do in Nov to Make America Great again. To help if anything stop this for the future!!
Feb. 27, 2016, 11:31 pm
American from Born in the USA says:
zipperheads ruin everything!
March 1, 2016, 9:20 am

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