In a recent article featured in the New York Times Real Estate section, the common practice of installing temporary and pressurized walls to maximize usable apartment space without filing with the Department of Buildings is called into question.

The practice has long been regarded as illegal, but few realized that it was against the law.

Changing the layout of an apartment without City approval presents a serious fire hazard and this easy alternative to formal construction should not be permitted by Landlords, Cooperative and Condominium Boards or Management Companies.

These structures may still be a less invasive option for those seeking to reconfigure space within their apartments, but must be filed and approved by the Department of Buildings to insure code compliance and safety.

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