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Abstract

Prior to World War II, buildings of five to ten stories, called lofts, used to house small factories, dominated lower Manhattan. As these buildings were converted to residences after World War II, laws and regulations regarding conversion were enacted haphazardly. The New York state legislature is considering a bill, Article 7C, Legalization of Interim Multiple Dwellings, designed to address the inadequacies which characterize loft conversion laws. This Note analyzes the propriety of Article 7C by reviewing the evolution of New York loft conversion law. The viewpoints of tenants, landlords, and city officials are presented in separate sections. This Note concludes with a critique of Article 7C and, after advocating appropriate changes, recommends its enactment.

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