Even as a pandemic eviction moratorium shields many New Yorkers, the city’s housing agency has ejected scores of tenants from basement apartments and other unauthorized dwellings, records show.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development inspectors issued 95 vacate orders for illegal occupancy between March and October of this year.

Advocates say that the tenants living in an estimated tens of thousands of basement apartments represent some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The tenants, many of them immigrants, often reside without a lease as they live in fear of being discovered by authorities.

City officials ordered an apartment vacated on Hoyt Street in Brooklyn. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY This story was originally published on Nov. 29 by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning.

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