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Call to relax housing rules in New York

Amid scarcity of affordable housing activists call for legalisation of makeshift apartments, cellars, attics

New York RAKHA and Mahbub Sarkar spent more than US$4,000 upgrading the cellar apartment of their Queens home. They put in new floors and kitchen cabinets, and in the borough's tight market for rentals under US$1,000 a month, they had no problem finding new tenants. But not long after the

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