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Overcrowding, a scarce supply of affordable housing, inflated housing prices, and a housing gap have led to a surge in unapproved apartments throughout the city, by some estimates over 100,000. The Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone (BASE) Campaign proposes that New York City create a path for homeowners to convert illegal dwelling units—often basement apartments—into legal rental units by adding a new category of residence to building, housing, and zoning codes through an “Accessory Dwelling Unit” (ADU) code. More…