Landlord facing £40,000 fine after installing swimming pool on roof

A landlord who installed a 480 sq ft pool on the rooftop of a building in New York is facing a mega fine of up to $50,000 (around £41,000).

The pool was four foot deep and held around 60 tons of water, however it was drained from officials on Tuesday, according to the Department of Buildings.

The department tweeted: “New York. We know. It’s hot. We get it.

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“But please don’t try to build a rooftop swimming pool without first getting permits and hiring professionals to do the job properly.”

New York’s fire department officials got in touch with the government department after raising concerns that the pool was “overloading the roof”.

As a result they said a structural stability inspection should take place.

The landlord is scheduled to make an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings appearance in December to respond to maintenance and occupancy violations.

The third floor of the building is used as a children’s day care centre, making the risk of the rooftop pool all the more pertinent.

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