By Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:55 BST, 18 August 2019 | Updated: 17:55 BST, 18 August 2019
A New York City condo owner has been busted for converting one apartment unit into nine separate units to rent out for as much as $600 a month.
Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634-square-foot condo in half horizontally between the fourth and sixth floors to rent out to 11 tenants on Manhattan's Lower East Side that had ceilings as low as 4 1/2 feet.
The units at 165 Henry Street were raided and shut down Wednesday by the city's Department of Buildings and Ni was fined more than $144,000 for failing to have sprinklers and proper electrical, structural and plumbing permits.
In one photo an city inspector is seen on his knees in order to enter the micro unit.
Manhattan Councilman Ben Kallos said it was a scene that resembled 90s indie film Being John Malkovich, which depicted a 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office.
An inspector is seen at 165 Henry Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side where a landlord illegally split his apartment into nine micro