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City Politicians Accuse Salvation Army of Illegal Rentals

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The Salvation Army has been accused of illegally renting rooms "hotel-style" to seniors at its Williams Memorial Residence on the Upper West Side.

According to The Daily News, the Williams has a long tradition of leasing out "guest rooms" to friends and families of the building's residents. However, that practice is illegal, since the building fails to comply with many standard hotel regulations. The Department of Buildings issued the violation on Wednesday after Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer —a noted hater of illegal hotels—called for an investigation.

Brewer and other city politicians further scrutinized the senior residence last month, when the Salvation Army announced that it planned to sell the West End building for $108 million and open a new complex in East Harlem. Although the Army faces a small fine for the violation, it could complicate those plans.

"They're not a hotel so they can't act like one," said Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Upper West Side). "I'm going to hold their feet to the fire."
· "Pols find illegal rentals at controversial senior home" [NYDN]
· All Williams Memorial Residence coverage [Curbed]