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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's buildings department has started issuing fines to real estate agents and brokers who advertise and show illegal apartments for rent.

The New York Times reports that the fines start at $3,600 and can go up to five times that amount.

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri says the agents "are the enabler. We have to hold them accountable."

In January and March, the agency issued fines to 10 agents for listing apartments in neighborhoods including Park Slope in Brooklyn and Hamilton Heights in Upper Manhattan. .

The Real Estate Board of New York says brokers have the responsibility to act if they know something. But it said the question was what did they know and how difficult was it to find out that kind of information.

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